In 1916, exactly a century ago, the first woman, a Republican, Jeannette Rankin of Montana, was elected to the House of Representatives.
In 1932, Hattie Caraway of Arkansas, a Democrat, became the first woman to be elected to the United States Senate.
In 1933, Frances Perkins of New York, a Democrat, became the first woman to be a member of the President’s cabinet, Secretary of Labor under Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1964, Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, a Republican, became the first woman to run for President.
In 1972, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm of New York, a Democrat, became the first black woman to run for President.
In 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor of Arizona, a Republican, became the first woman appointed to the US Supreme Court.
In 1984, Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro of New York, a Democrat, became the first woman Vice Presidential nominee of a major party.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman chosen as the Presidential nominee of a major party, and will become the first woman elected President in the next 24 hours!
And the fight for women’s right to vote began in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention, and only in 1920, did women gain the right to vote by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
So Hillary Clinton will be our president when the centennial of women suffrage comes about in 2020!
And this all began with Susan B. Anthony, arrested for trying to vote in 1872!