ERIC Number: ED391738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Outstanding Women Members of Congress.
Women's participation in congressional politics began in 1917 when Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman in Congress. This was an unusual historic mark because women did not have the right to vote until 1920 when the 19th Amendment was passed. The book lists 12 prominent women who made an impact in U.S. politics. Corrine Boggs, like several other women legislators, took office due to the death of her husband. Corrine Boggs had always been involved in her husband's campaign and when she took his place, she continued to represent the citizens of her state well. Shirley Chisholm became the first African American to be elected to Congress and was very active in pursuing social equality programs. Helen Douglas was once an actress who used her popularity to become a successful legislator most noted for the "Market Basket" which had to do with price controls. Millicent Fenwick, an outspoken middle-of-the road politician, made a name for herself in Congress. Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro became the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1984. Ella Grasso, from Connecticut, was the first woman governor who also served as a congresswoman. Margaret Heckler was an attorney who utilized her legal skills to become a hard working congresswoman. Texan, Barbara Jordan, another African American, worked on the Watergate hearings. Clare Booth Luce was a controversial congresswoman who also was noted for her theatrical contributions. Lynn Martin succeeded in her congressional role and went on to serve in the Bush cabinet. And Margaret Smith, who was one of the few women in the House and Senate, made great contributions to both. A complete list of all the women who served in Congress can be found in the appendices. (JAG)
Descriptors: Females, Government (Administrative Body), Higher Education, Legislators, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History, Women Administrators, Womens History, Womens Studies
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
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Authoring Institution: United States Capitol Historical Society, Washington, DC.