Foundation board trustee inducted into democratic hall of fame
Georgia College Foundation Board trustee Maxine Goldstein has been inducted into the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women's Hall of Fame.
Gail Buckner, president of Georgia Federation of Democratic Women, described Goldstein as a “bedrock in politics since the early 1960s.”
“She has been a delegate to every Democratic National Convention between 1976 and 2008,” Buckner said during Goldstein’s induction in May.
The delegate quickly became known across the nation as the “hat lady.” She stood out from the crowd for wearing novel hats with democratic themes that she created and wore to the Democratic National Conventions.
“TV reporters always like to interview Maxine during the conventions because her hats are great conversation pieces,” Buckner said.
Goldstein’s hats remain on display in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; Jimmy Carter President Library in Atlanta; and Richard B. Russell Library in Athens.
Goldstein served in 1980 as the first president of Georgia Federation of Democratic Women. During her service she created the Maxine Goldstein Award presented annually to a female legislator that demonstrates a commitment to public service while upholding democratic values.
She served as vice chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia in 1982 and on the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee from 1984 to 1990.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution named Goldstein in 1983 as one of Georgia’s most influential women.