After graduating from the
for Women (known now as the University of Montevallo) Ruth Stovall
vocational home economics in high schools in Butler,
Reform and Opelika.
At age 28 she was appointed District Supervisor of Home Economics over
southwestern counties by the Alabama Department of Education.
From 1941 to 1950,she
Assistant and then Associate State Supervisor in Home Economics. In
became the State Supervisor of Vocational Home Economics in the State
Department of Education. She held that office for 22 years.
one time she was supervising
field staff of seven assistants and 389 teachers. Very active in
school classes, judging science fairs, and speaking before local
her impact on education led to national recognition. She served on the
of Future Homemakers of America, Forecast Magazine, New Homemakers of
and Seventeen Magazine.
Who in American Education, and
in 1954 was named Woman of the Year by Progressive Farmer Magazine. Her
professional influence nationally was
evidenced by the award of Honorary Life Membership in the American
Association in 1961.
From 1958 to 1965, she edited a
series of eight books under the title “The Favorite Recipes
Vocational Home Economics Teachers.” She also initiated a
of ten books
“Favorite Recipes of America’s Home Economics
Teachers” that benefitted
Homemakers of American chapters across the country. She received many
awards related to cookbooks and the cookbook industry.
Assistant Director of Vocational Education for the State of Alabama
was a first for women. Her
responsibilities included career education, sex equity, special needs
study for the disabled and disadvantaged, vocational certification,
guidance and counseling, professional development and accreditation of
received the the
Service Award presented by the American Vocational Association in 1976.
featured speaker at
she was a conference leader in more than thirty states. She was active
affecting legislation on the state and national level concerning
Education and Consumer/Homemaking Education.
1978, after co-authoring a
text-book for teachers in consumer education, personal finance and
economics, she retired. Her lifetime of contributions continued to be
recognized for many years. In 1982 she was included as one of the
Significant Leaders in Home Economics Education.”
1989 she received the Alabama Women of Leadership Award and in 1990 she
inducted as a Charter Member of the Alabama Vocational Association Hall
In 1991 the
presented her with its Distinguished Home Economics Alumni Award.