Raised in a traditional southern family, catapulted overnight into the national spotlight, Donna Rice Hughes went from career-minded college graduate to become the center of a political scandal that contributed to the end of a presidential campaign.
Today, she is CEO of Enough Is Enough, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make the Internet safer for families and children.
How many places did you live as a child?
My father worked for the Federal Highway Administration, so we usually lived in capital cities. I was born in New Orleans and lived there for three months. Next, we lived in Tallahassee, Florida for eight years, Atlanta for nine months, and then Columbia, South Carolina until I graduated from the University of South Carolina. My mother worked for the State Forestry Commission.
You had a dual degree, were Phi Beta Kappa and a university cheerleader?
I had a biology pre-med degree with a minor in business. I didn’t know what Phi Beta Kappa was when I received the invitation. It was a real honor to be asked to join Phi Beta Kappa my junior year. I served on the Mortar Board and Honor Society and yes, somehow managed to be a cheerleader. It was a busy college career, and I loved it. Four of the best years of my life.