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a team at the Department of Energy in Washington and again to the American Economic Association. Her research was published as an ORNL report and appeared in two journal articles.
She then went on to lead research at Oak Ridge Associated University on Manpower Requirements in the Nuclear Power Industry (1982-1991), conducting statistical analysis to identify factors that accounted for variations in sta ng and projected employment needs by occupation.
Smiley also taught economics at Pellissippi State Community College and has served as Tennessee’s president of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and president of AAUW’s Oak Ridge branch.
She went on to co-edit a book, Tennessee Women
of Vision and Courage, that featured twenty-
two historic Tennessee women. In 2014, the book garnered the Award of Distinction by the East Tennessee Historical Society, and a copy of this book can now be found in the libraries of every public high school in Tennessee. Students will now have
access to learn about the signi cant contributions of Tennessee women, inspiring future generations.
A pioneering woman in her own right, Smiley
also received an E-Award (excellence, equity and equality) from the Tennessee Economic Council on Women in 2011.
When asked if she has any inspiring words for young women and nontraditional students who may be searching for the courage to pursue challenging careers, she replies: “My advice is to follow your dreams and interests and not be limited by gender or age. You will be admired and accepted for dedication and hard work in your  eld.”
Smiley’s granddaughters and nieces have also entered male-dominated  elds: One joined the army and served two tours of duty in Iraq, and two are managing the family farm. “I like to think that I have been a role model for them.” E
 “My advice is to follow your dreams and interests and not be limited by gender or age. You will be admired and accepted for dedication and
—Ruth Johnson Smiley (ARE ‘81)
hard work in your  eld.”
  Tennessee Women of Vision and Courage, which was co- edited by Ruth Johnson Smiley and fellow AAUW member Charlotte Crawford, is available for purchase on Amazon and various booksellers.
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