Rosalie (Ricky) Gaull Silberman

Rosalie (Ricky) Gaull Silberman

Militant + Teacher
Born Mar 31, 1937

Ricky Silberman was an American conservative activist who, with Barbara Olson, co-founded the Independent Women's Forum.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Rosalie (Ricky) Gaull Silberman.


1937 Birth Born in 1937.


1955 18 Years Old She met her husband-to-be, future federal Judge Laurence H. Silberman, in 1955 during summer school at Harvard University. … Read More


1979 42 Years Old President Richard Nixon appointed her to the Presidential Commission for the Education of Disadvantaged Children, and she worked as a press secretary for U.S. Sen. Robert Packwood (R-Oregon). When the Silbermans moved to San Francisco in 1979, she did development work for the San Francisco Conservatory.
1984 47 Years Old In 1984, President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), where she served until 1995, rising to the positions of vice-chair and commissioner.


1991 54 Years Old Her support of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas led to the formation of the Independent Women's Forum (IWF), which had its origins in 1991-92, when Mrs. Silberman and friends, Barbara Olson, Barbara Ledeen and Anita Blair, started an informal network of women who supported the Thomas nomination despite allegations of sexual harassment by Anita Hill, a former colleague at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. … Read More
1995 58 Years Old From 1995 to 2000, Silberman was executive director of the Office of Congressional Compliance, an independent authority established by Congress to oversee the new law requiring that Congress abide by many of the same workplace regulations that covered the rest of the nation.


2002 65 Years Old In 2002, Donald Rumsfeld appointed her to the Defense Department Advisory Commission on the Status of Women (DACOWITS), where she served as Boardmember, and, later, Chairperson Emeritus until her death five years later.
2007 70 Years Old Silberman died from complications from breast cancer on Sunday, February 18, 2007 at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., at the age of 69. … Read More
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