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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Juanita Kreps, January 17, 1986. Interview C-0011. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Kreps avers that she embraces the label "feminist"

Kreps avers that she embraces the label "feminist" in this excerpt.

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Oral History Interview with Juanita Kreps, January 17, 1986. Interview C-0011. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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LYNN HAESSLY:
You've mentioned as we've been talking that you consider yourself a part of the women's movement, and things I've read about comments you made at the time of your Cabinet appointment were that you do not consider yourself a feminist and you didn't like that word.
JUANITA KREPS:
Oh, no. I've heard women say that, but I have always considered myself a feminist and I think my actions would bear that out. What happened at the time of my appointment was an important exchange, I think, on the question of qualified women. If you read the record you'll see that I told the President, "you have to look harder for qualified women." I don't know that the label, one way or the other, bothers me but it would bother me to be viewed as someone who felt "feminist" was a bad label.