1913: First woman is hired by national Extension

Mary E. Creswell becomes the first woman employed by the Federal Extension Office in Washington, D.C.

Mary Creswell first suggested the name “home demonstration” for the Cooperative Extension Service program that carried home and nutrition information to rural women and girls. She was the first woman to receive a baccalaureate degree from the University of Georgia – a B.S. in home economics in 1919. Andrew Soule, president of the State College of Agriculture at the time, appointed her director of the newly created Home Economics division in 1918. A residence hall on the UGA Athens campus now bears her name.