Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 106 Cathey SteinbergReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 106 Cathey Steinberg

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 106 Cathey Steinberg

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 106 Cathey Steinberg
Creator Steinberg, Cathey Weiss, 1942-
Dates 2010 February 24
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractCathey Weiss Steinberg served in the Georgia General Assembly for sixteen years in both the Georgia House of Representatives (1977-1989) and in the Georgia Senate (1991-1993). She is recognized as a strong advocate for women’s rights. She was the primary sponsor of the 1981-1982 Equal Rights Amendment legislation. From 1993-1999, she was the managing partner for Ahead of the Curve, a public policy consulting and advocacy training firm. In 1999, Governor Roy Barnes appointed Cathey Steinberg as Georgia’s first Consumer Insurance Advocate. She held that position until 2003. Steinberg later served as the executive director of the Juvenile Justice Fund, a non-profit child advocacy organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been a consultant in public and community relations and marketing, and a frequent guest speaker and lecturer. Steinberg discusses the sexism and antisemitism she faced early in her legislative career, her work in the private sector with juveniles, insurance, and women, and the state of party politics in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 106, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641..


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Biographical Note

Cathey Weiss Steinberg was born in October 6, 1942, in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania. Steinberg received a bachelor’s degree from the Carnegie-Mellon Institute in 1964 and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965. A Democrat, she served in the Georgia General Assembly for sixteen years in both the Georgia House of Representatives (1977-1989) and in the Georgia Senate (1991-1993). She is recognized as a strong advocate for women’s rights. She was the primary sponsor of the 1981-1982 Equal Rights Amendment legislation. From 1993-1999, she was the managing partner for Ahead of the Curve, a public policy consulting and advocacy training firm. In 1999, Governor Roy Barnes appointed Cathey Steinberg as Georgia’s first Consumer Insurance Advocate. She held that position until 2003. Steinberg later served as the executive director of the Juvenile Justice Fund, a non-profit child advocacy organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been a consultant in public and community relations and marketing and a frequent guest speaker and lecturer.


Scope and Content

Cathey Steinberg discusses her early childhood in Kingston, Pennsylvania, and her subsequent travels around the country. She recalls ending up in Georgia and being asked to run for legislature against George Petro.

Steinberg recalls running for the state house of representatives. She describes her campaign strategy and how it caused her to become familiar with her constituents. Steinberg reflects on her experience as a female and as a Jewish person in the legislature. She recalls the distrust and paranoia that she faced as an outsider.

Steinberg remembers interacting with Tom Murphy and getting the hang of serving in the House chamber. She recalls the ladies of the House not having a "members only" restroom like the men had and Speaker Murphy's decision to establish a ladies "members only" restroom.

Steinberg comments on her committee assignment struggles and her subsequent success in being appointed to the judiciary and rules committee. She recalls her friendship with Sidney Marcus and admiration of Virginia Sheppard. She recalls working on divorce legislation, adoption legislation, and women's rights legislation.

Steinberg discusses running for the position of Public Service Commissioner and the negative aspects of the campaign Bobby Rowan ran against her. She recalls losing and starting an advocacy business, subsequently running for state senate and for Congress against John Linder. Steinberg recalls being appointed the Consumer's Insurance Advocate for the state, leaving public office, and working with the Juvenile Justice Fund.

Steinberg comments on reapportionment and the state of party politics in Georgia. She also recalls the circumstances surrounding her once walking out of a national Equal Rights Amendment America meeting.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Apportionment (Election laws)--Georgia.
Georgia--General Assembly--House of Representatives.
Georgia--General Assembly--Senate.
Jews--Georgia--Societies, etc.
Marcus, Sidney J., 1928-1983.
Murphy, Thomas Bailey, 1924-2007
Oral histories.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Politicians--Georgia.
Rowan, Robert A., 1935-
Women's rights.
Women.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
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