Dorcas R. Hardy: Social Security’s First Female Commissioner

First Female Social Security Commissioner, Dorcas R. Hardy

By Andrew Saul, Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Women pioneers have played a crucial role in leading and shaping the Social Security Administration over its eighty-five year history. From 1935, Social Security helped shatter the proverbial “glass ceiling” by hiring women in a variety of key positions, from staff workers to leadership. In honor of Women’s History Month 2021, I would like to share the inspiring story of Dorcas Hardy, Social Security’s first confirmed female Commissioner.

From the earliest days of her career, Dorcas championed for improved healthcare management… 

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