Alice Rivlin, First Woman To Serve As Budget Director, Dies At Age 88
Added 05-14-19 03:06:02pm EST - “Rivlin overcame sexism in the world of economics and was a heavweight, serving as former President Bill Clinton's budget director and the first head of the Congressional Budget Office.” - Npr.org
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President Bill Clinton stands with Alice Rivlin, Director of the US Office of Management and Budget, at the White House on March 19, 1996. Rivlin was the first woman to hold that post. RICHARD ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images hide caption
President Bill Clinton stands with Alice Rivlin, Director of the US Office of Management and Budget, at the White House on March 19, 1996. Rivlin was the first woman to hold that post.
Alice Rivlin, former President Bill Clinton's budget director who overcame sexism to become the first woman to serve in that role, died at 88 after a battle with cancer, the Brookings Institution confirmed Tuesday.
Her name may not be widely known outside of Washington, but she had a hand in five decades of the nation's economic policy. At the peak of her power, she was one of the most influential and respected non-elected officials in the country.
Getting there required getting past some of Washington's deeply entrenched prejudices. In 1974, for example, Rivlin had an enviable job opportunity: heading up a new government agency called the Congressional Budget Office.
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