Betty Boyd is among the few women who have served in the Oklahoma state legislature; elected to the House of Representatives in 1990, served through 2000; hometown of Tulsa; an only child; childhood family; home economics; polio; television broadcaster; marketing director; name recognition when campaigning; politics; family circumstances; media talk shows; being sworn in; presenting a bill; learning House rules; first debate; committee work; women in politics; OSU-Tulsa creation; Reading Sufficiency Act; Teacher Preparation Commission; fund for breast cancer research; Department of Rehabilitative Services separation from Department of Human Services; typical day; evening activities; negotiating the gender gap; office space; reading bills; research for bills; assistants; last campaign; campaign finance; special memories; running for election every two years; motherhood and career; business attire; mother; political philosophy; role model; life after office; cooking; thoughts on self; advice for women.
Boyd, Betty, 1924-2011 ; Legislators --Oklahoma ; Oklahoma --Politics and government ; Oklahoma. Legislature ; Oklahoma. Legislature. House of Representatives ; Women in politics --Oklahoma
Betty Boyd was interviewed January 26, 2007 as part of the Women of the Oklahoma Legislature Oral History Project. Mrs. Boyd was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1990 and served through 2000. She represented House District 23 and was a member of the Democratic Party. She discusses her path to the legislature including her time as a television broadcaster. Mrs. Boyd shares some of the issues she championed such as breast cancer research, reading sufficiency, and teacher preparation.
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