Five interesting facts about women in Congress
Montana elected 1st
Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, was the first woman elected to serve in the U.S. Congress. She was elected on Nov. 9, 1916, and served from 1917–19.
Landmark anniversary nears
On Sept. 13, 1948, or 70 years ago Thursday, Maine Republican Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate, thus becoming the first woman to serve in both the Congress and the Senate.
Mink broke new ground
In 1965, Rep. Patsy Mink, a Democrat from Hawaii, was the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress.
So did Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm, a Democrat from New York, became the first black woman in Congress when she was elected to the House in 1968. She unsuccessfully ran for president four years later.
Many replaced their husband
Of the women who have served in the House of Representatives and Senate, 46 were elected to fill vacancies caused by their husbands’ deaths.