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1776

Women's Advocacy in the White House

Abigail Adams was an outspoken women's

advocate and the country's second First Lady.

Adams played a double role as John Adams' wife

and political adviser; Adams supported her

husband in his career but never failed to

express her convictions that women should

have the same rights as men.

Many of her ideas were ahead of her time: she

opposed slavery, stressed the importance of

education regardless of gender, and believed it

the responsibility of the rich to support the poor.

Her appeals for gender equality are recognized

as some of the first demands for women’s equal

rights.

Abigail Adams

First Lady and Women’s Advocate


The First Women’s Convention

1848

The Seneca Falls Convention was held in Seneca

Falls, New York in 1848. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and

Lucretia Mott organized the meeting, which was the

first women's convention to discuss the

oppression of women in sociopolitical, economic,

and religious life.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Organizer of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention

Convinced that women had to help themselves

and take responsibility for improving their situation,

they prepared the Declaration of Sentiments,

which included twelve resolutions. The participants

passed eleven resolutions, failing to pass a

resolution for women’s suffrage. Decades later, the

Declaration of Sentiments was used as a

foundational document for the women’s suffrage

movement.


1872

First Woman to Run for President

In 1872, Victoria Woodhull, a women’s rights and

suffrage activist, became the first woman to run

for president. She was the nominee of the Equal

Rights Party.

Woodhull, a resident of New York, was unable to

vote for herself on Election Day, as at that time

the state restricted voting to men. However, as

she had been jailed a few days prior to Election

Day for a story she had published in her

newspaper Woodhull & Chaflin’s Weekly, her

inability to vote was of little consequence.

Victoria Woodhull

Women’s Rights and Suffrage Activist


1894

First Women State Legislators

The State of Colorado pioneered women’s

participation in politics. Though the first

attempts to establish women’s suffrage failed

in 1877, Colorado became the second state to

give women the right to vote in 1893. Clara

Cressingham, Frances Klock, and Carrie C.

Holly of Colorado were the first women elected

to a state legislature, the Colorado House of

Representatives. These women focused on

social welfare, championing reforms for child

labor laws, relief subsidies, and the 8-hour

work day.

Carrie C. Holly

Colorado State Legislator


1916

First Congresswoman

In 1916, Jeannette Rankin was the first

woman to be elected to the House of

Representatives. She was a Republican

from Montana, who served from 1917-1919,

and again from 1941-1943. Rankin was a

supporter of women's suffrage who lobbied

Congress for the National American

Woman Suffrage Association. As a

progressive congresswoman, Rankin

advocated a constitutional women's

suffrage amendment and focused on

social welfare issues.

Jeannette Rankin

Montana Congresswoman


1920

Women Achieve the Right to Vote

On August 26, 1920, the women's suffrage

movement came to a head with the passage

of the 19th Amendment, which gave women

the right to vote in all 50 states. Some of the

movement's major drivers included: the

National Women's Party, which sought a

constitutional amendment for women's

suffrage; the National Woman Suffrage

Association, and the American Woman

Suffrage Association, which advocated

women's suffrage at the national and state

levels, respectively, and eventually merged.

Women's participation in the First World War

gave further impetus to the cause.


1922

First Woman Senator

On November 21, 1992, Rebecca Latimer

Felton was sworn in as a Senator from

Georgia. The 87-year-old Felton was

appointed in a symbolic gesture to fill a

vacancy, after the death of Senator

Thomas E. Watson.

She only served one day in the Senate.

Rebecca Latimer Felton

Georgia Senator


1924

First Woman Governor

In 1924, women’s involvement in American

politics took a leap forward when Wyoming

and Texas elected female governors. Nellie

Tayloe Ross and Miriam A. “Ma” Ferguson,

both Democrats, succeeded their

husbands in office. Ross became the

governor of Wyoming in a special election,

after her husband died. Miriam Ferguson

succeeded her husband James Ferguson

after he was impeached.

Nellie Tayloe Ross

Wyoming Governor


1932

First Elected Woman Senator

In 1931, Hattie Wyatt Caraway was the first

woman to serve as a U.S. Senator for more

than a day. She was appointed after the

death of her husband Thaddeus H.

Caraway, an Arkansas Senator. After

finishing her husband's term, Caraway

was re-elected and served in the Senate

until 1945. Her major policy focuses were

farm relief and flood control. She was also

wary of America's involvement in World War

II and the influence of lobbyists.

Hattie Wyatt Caraway

Arkansas Senator


1933

First Woman Cabinet Member

Frances Perkins

Commissioner of Labor

Frances Perkins was a well-educated and

engaging woman, who graduated from

Columbia University and Wharton College.

Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her as

Commissioner of Labor when he was

Governor of New York. Impressed by her work,

Roosevelt appointed Perkins as Secretary of

Labor in 1932. She was the first female

cabinet member, serving 12 years during the

Great Depression. Perkins labored to create

back-to-work programs for the struggling

workforce.


1948

First Woman Elected to Both the House and

Senate

Margaret Chase Smith’s political career started in

1940 when she succeeded her husband as a

member of the U.S. House of Representatives from

Maine. She served four terms in the House before

being elected to the Senate in 1948, where she

stayed for another 24 years. Smith engaged in

foreign policy and military affairs, while serving as

a member of the Armed Services Committee. She

was the first woman to serve in both the House

and Senate.

Margaret Chase Smith

Maine Congresswoman


1953

First African American woman elected VP to a

Labor Union

In 1953, Addie L. Wyatt was elected as

Vice-President of her union branch, Local 56.

Wyatt was the first Black woman to hold

senior leadership in an American labor union.

With her help and leadership Local 56 was able

to negotiate equal pay for women into many

contracts years before the Equal Pay Act of

1965.

Addie L. Wyatt

Founding Member of NOW


1960

First American woman to win three gold

medals during a single Olympic Games

During the 1960 Rome Olympic games, Wilma

Rudolph became one of the most popular

olympians and earned the nickname “The

Tornado.” Rudolph won gold medals in the

100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as the 4 x

100-meter relay. Rudolph was the first

American woman to win three gold medals

during the Olympics.

Wilma Rudolph

Three time Olympic Gold Medalist


1964

First Woman Running for President at a Major

Party Convention

Senator Margaret Chase Smith ran for president in

1964. Though Smith was not the first woman to

run for president, she was the first to have her

name placed in nomination for president at a

major political party's convention. Smith was on

the ballot in several states across the country,

including Illinois, where she received 25% of the

vote. She eventually lost the nomination to

Senator Barry Goldwater.

Margaret Chase Smith

Presidential Candidate


1964

First Congresswoman of Color

In 1964, Patsy Mink became the first woman of

color and the first Asian American woman

elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She

went on to serve for a total of twelve terms. Mink

is most well known for being one of the principal

authors of Title IX, as well as the first

comprehensive Early Childhood Education Act

and the Women's Educational Equity Act. Mink

also served as Assistant Secretary of State for

Oceans and International Environmental and

Scientific Affairs after her first three terms in

Congress.

Patsy Mink

Hawaii Congresswoman


1966

First African American woman elected to the

Texas State Senate

Barbara Jordan became the first Black

woman elected to the Texas State Senate.

Jordan went on to serve as acting governor

for one day, she remains the only Black

woman to serve as Governor in the U.S. Jordan

was the keynote speaker of the 1976

Democratic National Convention and despite

not being a candidate received a delegate

vote.

Barbara Jordan

Texas State Senator


First African American Congresswoman

1968

After graduating from Brooklyn College and

Columbia University, Shirley Chisholm worked as

a teacher. Soon she was the director of the

Hamilton-Madison Child Care Center and later

an educational consultant to the Bureau of Child

Welfare in New York. She successfully ran for

Congress in 1969, becoming the first black

congresswoman, and served as a Democratic

representative for New York for seven terms.

Her career in Congress was dedicated to

education, and she served in the Education and

Labor Committee. Chisholm was also a

founding member of the Congressional Black

Caucus.

Shirley Chisholm

New York Congresswoman


1968

First African American woman to run for

President

In 1968, Charlene Mitchell ran for president of

the United States as the candidate for the

Communist Party. Although only included on

the ballot in two states, Mitchell became the

first Black woman to run for President.

Charlene Mitchell

First African American Woman to run for President


Women of Color Running for President

1972

"Unbought and Unbossed" was Shirley

Chisholm’s slogan when she campaigned for the

Democratic presidential nomination in 1972. She

was the first woman seeking the Democratic

nomination and also the first African American

who tried to become the presidential candidate

for a major party.

Shirley Chisholm

New York Congresswoman and

Presidential Candidate

She participated in 12 primaries and went all the

way to the Democratic National Convention

where she won 152 delegates, but lost to George

McGovern. The New York Times remembered her

as an “outspoken politician who shattered racial

and gender barriers as she became a national

symbol of liberal politics.”


1973

First Person to Give Birth While in Congress

In 1973, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, the first

African-American woman to represent the

West Coast in Congress, also became the first

U.S. Congresswoman to give birth while serving

in congress. Since then, only eight other

representatives - and one senator - have given

birth while in office. Only two women, Cathy

McMorris Rodgers and Jaime Herrera Beutler

have had more than one child during their time

in the House of Representatives.

Yvonne Brathwaite

California Congresswoman


1981

First Woman Supreme Court Justice

In 1981, President Reagan nominated Sandra Day

O'Connor to replace Potter Stewart as Associate

Justice of the Supreme Court. Although her

nomination was originally opposed by pro-life and

religious groups, who worried she should not rule in

favor of overturning Roe vs. Wade (1973), she was

eventually confirmed by a 99-0 vote in the Senate.

While she was a conservative jurist, siding with the

conservative justices in the majority of cases before

her, many of her decisions were praised for being

both narrow and moderate. She retired in 2006.

Sandra Day O’Connor

Supreme Court Justice


1984

First Woman Vice Presidential Nominee

In 1984, Rep. Geraldine Ferraro became the first

woman vice presidential nominee of a major

party. Her running mate was Walter F. Mondale,

who ran against incumbent Ronald Reagan.

Ferraro graduated with a degree in English from

Marymount College and received a law degree

from Fordham Law School in 1960. Before being

elected to Congress, Ferraro worked for the

Queens County Women’s Bar Association and was

a Queen’s criminal prosecutor. She served three

terms in Congress.

Geraldine Ferraro

Vice Presidential Nominee


Wilma Mankiller

First Woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

1985

First Woman Principal Chief of the Cherokee

Nation

In 1985, Wilma Mankiller assumed the role as

Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation,

becoming the first woman to do so. Mankiller

went on to be re-elected to the position in 1987

and served until 1995. During her tenure as

Chief, tribal enrollment tripled, unemployment

was cut in half, infant mortality rates

decreased, and a self-determination

agreement was negotiated and signed with

the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 1998, Wilma

Mankiller received the Presidential Medal of

Freedom for her work and leadership.


1988

First Latina Congresswoman

In 1988, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen became the first

Latina and first Cuban-American to be

elected to Congress. She is currently the most

senior Republican woman in the U.S. House of

Representatives. Before becoming involved in

politics, Ros-Lehtinen was a teacher, having

graduated with a B.A. in education and M.A. in

educational leadership from Florida

International University, followed by a Ph.D. in

Higher Education from Miami University. In

Congress, Ros-Lehtinen served a term as the

chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Florida Congresswoman


The Year of the Woman

1992

The 1992 election was significant for women's

representation in America; some factors

including the Anita Hill scandal and the

subsequent congressional hearing, which

illustrated the under-representation of women

in Congress. The election bolstered the

percentage of women in the national

legislature; for the first time, women held more

than 10 percent of congressional seats.

A record 24 women were elected to the House

of Representatives and the number of female

senators tripled. The 1992 election sent more

women to Congress than the previous five

national elections combined.


1992

First Woman of Color in the Senate

Carol Moseley-Braun was the first

African-American woman elected to the

Senate, the first female Senator from Illinois,

and the first African-American Democratic

senator. In 1991, Moseley-Braun challenged

incumbent Alan Dixon in the state's

Democratic primary, winning the nomination.

Though she lost her re-election bid in 1998,

Moseley-Braun continued a career in politics

as President Clinton's ambassador to New

Zealand, Samoa, the Cook Islands, and

Antarctica.

Carol Moseley-Braun

Illinois Senator


1996

First Woman Secretary of State

In 1996, President Bill Clinton nominated

Madeleine Albright to become the first female

Secretary of State. She was confirmed in January

1997 by a unanimous 99-0 vote. Before

becoming Secretary of State, Albright served as

the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from

1993-1997. In 2012, Albright received the

Presidential Medal of Freedom by President

Obama. Currently, Albright serves as chair of

Albright Stonebridge Group, as a professor at

Georgetown University's School of Foreign

Service, and as a director on the board of the

Council on Foreign Relations.

Madeleine Albright

Secretary of State


2002

Became the most decorated figure skater in

US history

Michelle Kwan won a total of five world

championships, nine US championships,

and two Olympic medals. With her bronze

medal in the 2002 winter Olympic games,

Kwan became the most decorated figure

skater in US history.

Michelle Kwan

Former Olympic Figure Skater


2007

First Woman Speaker of the House

In 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected America's

first female speaker of the House of

Representatives. She first ran for office in 1987,

winning a special election in California's 8th

District. Pelosi is a strong supporter of health

research, health care, and housing

programs; she also advocates human rights

and environment protection.

In 2002, Pelosi was chosen as the Democratic

Leader of the House. She became the Speaker

of the House in 2008 when the Democrats took

control of Congress.

Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House


2008

“18 Million Cracks in the Highest, Hardest

Glass Ceiling”

In 2008, Hillary Clinton narrowly lost the

Democratic nomination for president to Barack

Obama, winning more state primaries and

delegates than any other female candidate

before her. The former First Lady of Arkansas

and the United States served in the U.S. Senate

for New York from 2000 to 2009. After President

Obama was elected, Clinton served as

Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.

Hillary Clinton

Presidential Candidate


2008

First Republican Woman Vice Presidential

Nominee

Sarah Palin became the first Republican woman

vice presidential nominee in 2008. At the time of

her nomination, she was serving as Alaska’s

first female governor and had previously

served as Mayor of Wasilla. Since her vice

presidential bid, she has endorsed other

Republican women candidates for various

levels of office. Although she was considered a

potential candidate in the 2012 presidential

elections, she declined to run.

Sarah Palin

Alaskan Governor, Vice Presidential Nominee


2009

First Woman of Color Supreme Court

Justice

The U.S. Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor as

a Supreme Court justice in 2009 to replace

retired justice David Souter. Previously,

Sotomayor served as a district court judge in

New York and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for

the Second Circuit. She was born in the Bronx

to Puerto Rican parents. She was the third

woman and first Latinx justice to serve on the

Supreme Court.

Sonia Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice


2010

First Latina Governor

Susana Martinez was elected Governor of

New Mexico in 2010. She is the first Latina

woman to serve as governor of a U.S. state

(Sila Calerdón had already served as

Governor of Puerto Rico from 2001 to 2005).

Susana Martinez

New Mexico Governor


2010

First Asian American Woman Governor

Nikki Haley was elected as the first woman

Governor of South Carolina in 2010. She is the

first Asian American and Indian American

woman to serve as governor, and is also, at

the age of 41, the youngest current governor

in the nation. Prior to her governorship, Haley

was elected to the South Carolina House of

Representatives in 2004 after defeating Larry

Koon in the Republican primary, who was

then the longest-serving member of the

South Carolina House.

Nikki Haley

South Carolina Governor


2012

First Openly Gay Senator

In 2012, Tammy Baldwin became the first

women to be elected to the U.S. Senate

from Wisconsin. She is also the first and

only openly gay U.S. Senator. Prior to her

election to the Senate, Baldwin had served

in the U.S. House since 1999. She has been a

staunch advocate for progressive policies

during her 14 year tenure in Congress.

Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin Senator


First Asian-American Woman Senator

2012

In 2012, Mazie Keiko Hirono became the first

woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Hawaii,

defeating Republican Linda Lingle. Hirono is the

first Asian-American woman elected to the

U.S. Senate, the first U.S. Senator born in Japan,

and the nation’s first Buddhist Senator. Until

2016, Hirono was the only person of Asian

descent in the U.S. Senate. Before becoming

Senator, Hirono was a U.S. Congresswoman,

Democratic nominee for Governor of Hawaii,

Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii, and a member of

the Hawaii House of Representatives.

Mazie Keiko Hirono

Hawaii Senator


2012

First Openly Bisexual Congresswoman

In 2012, Kyrsten Sinema became the first

openly bisexual person elected to Congress.

A former social worker, grassroots organizer,

and state representative, Sinema has

represented Arizona's 9th Congressional

district in the House since 2012.

Kyrsten Sinema

Arizona Congresswoman


2012

First African American woman to win

gold in the Individual All-Around

Olympic gymnastic competition

Gabby Douglas

Olympic Gymnast

During the 2012 summer Olympic games,

Gabby Douglas won gold medal during

the individual all-around competition.

Douglas was the third consecutive

American woman to win gold in the

Olympic all-around. Douglas also

became the first American to win both

individual and team gold during the

Olympics.


2014

First African American Republican

member of Congress

In 2014, Mia Love became the first African

American Republican woman (and the first

Haitian-American) to be elected to the U.S.

House of Representatives when she defeated

Doug Owens by 4,000 votes. Love represents

Utah’s 4 congressional district and was elected

mayor of Saratoga Springs, UT and served on

the city council prior to her election to

Congress.

Mia Love

Utah Congresswoman and Governor


2014

First Woman Veteran in the Senate

In 2014, Joni Ernst became the first woman

from Iowa elected to the U.S. Congress. She

is also the first female veteran to serve in the

U.S. Senate. This was a title she held alone

until the election of Tammy Duckworth in

2016. Prior to becoming a senator, Ernst

served as a member of the Iowa Senate for

three years and as a lieutenant colonel in the

Iowa Army National Guard.

Joni Ernst

Iowa Senator


2015

First African American Woman to serve

as Attorney General

In 2015 after a 166 day confirmation period,

one of the longest in US history, Loretta

Lynch was confirmed and sworn in as US

Attorney General. Lynch was the second

woman and first Black woman to hold

this position.

Loretta Lynch

U.S. Attorney General


2016

First Woman Candidate for a Majority Party

In 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first

woman to win the nomination of a major party

for President of the United States. Prior to her

nomination Clinton served as the 67th U.S.

Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, a U.S.

Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, First

Lady of the U.S. from 1993 to 2001, First Lady of

Arkansas, and practiced law after her graduation

from Yale Law School in 1973.

Hillary Clinton

Democratic Presidential Nominee


2016

First Disabled Woman Senator

In 2016, Tammy Duckworth challenged

incumbent Mark Kirk for the Illinois U.S. Senate

seat. Duckworth was injured by a rocket rocket

propelled grenade while fighting in the Iraq

War, losing both of her legs and damaging her

right arm. She is the first paraplegic to serve in

the U.S. Senate, and was the first disabled

woman to serve in the U.S. House of

Representatives. Duckworth is also the first

Asian-American senator from Illinois and the

first Member of Congress born in Thailand.

Tammy Duckworth

Illinois Senator and Congresswoman


2016

First Openly LGBTQ+ Governor

In 2015, Kate Brown succeeded John Kitzhaber

to become Governor of Oregon. Brown is the

first openly bisexual governor in US history, and

her election win in 2016 made her the first

openly LGBTQ+ person elected as a US

Governor. Before becoming governor, Brown

served as Oregon’s Secretary of State for six

years and in the Oregon Legislative Assembly

for 18 years.

Kate Brown

Oregon Governor


2016

First Latina Senator

In 2016, Catherine Cortez Masto won the seat

of retiring Harry Reid to become a U.S.

Senator for the state of Nevada. Cortez

Mastro’s victory over Republican

Congressman Joe Heck made her the first

female Senator from Nevada and the first

ever Latina in the U.S. Senate. Before

becoming a Senator, Cortez Masto served as

Nevada’s Attorney General for eight years.

Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada Senator


2017

First Openly Transgender State

Legislator

In 2017, Danica Roem defeated 26-year

incumbent Bob Marshall to represent the

13th District of the Virginia House of

Delegates. Roem’s victory made her the

first openly transgender person to be

elected and serve in a U.S. state

legislature. Prior to serving in office, Roem

worked as a reporter and news editor.

Danica Roem

Virginia State Legislator


2018

Youngest Woman Elected to Congress

In 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became

the youngest woman elected to Congress

at 29 years old. Ocasio-Cortez defeated 10

term Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley in

a stunning primary upset to represent New

York's 14th District in the United States

House of Representatives.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

New York Congresswoman


2018

First Somali-American Woman Elected to

Congress

In 2018, Ilhan Omar defeated Republican

Jennifer Zielinski to represent the 5th District of

Minnesota in the United States House of

Representatives. Omar's victory made her the

first Somali-American in Congress and along

with Rashida Tlaib she is also one of the first

Muslim woman in Congress. Prior to serving in

Congress, Omar had served in the Minnesota

House of Representatives since 2016.

Ilhan Omar

Minnesota Congresswoman


2018

First Indigenous Women Elected to Congress

In 2018, Sharice Davids became one of the first

Indigenous woman elected to Congress after

defeating Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder

to represent the 3rd District of Kansas in the

United States House of Representatives.

Openly gay, Davids is also the first LGBTQ

person to represent Kansas in Congress.

Sharice Davids

Kansas Congresswoman


2018

First Indigenous Women Elected to Congress

In 2018, Deb Haaland became one of the first

Indigenous women elected to Congress after

defeating former New Mexico State Representative

Janice Arnold-Jones. Haaland, a member of the

Ho-Chunk Nation, became the first Native

American woman to preside over the United States

House of Representatives on March 7th, 2019 during

a debate on voting rights and campaign finance.

Deb Haaland

New Mexico Congresswoman


2018

First Woman Governor of Maine

In 2018, Janet Mills was elected Governor

of Maine, the first woman to hold that

position. She previously served as the

state's first female Attorney General,

having been elected in 2009.

Janet Mills

Maine Governor


2018

First Woman Governor of South Dakota

In 2018, Kristi Noem became the first female

Governor of South Dakota after defeating

Democrat Billie Sutton. Noem previously

served as a member of the U.S. House of

Representatives from South Dakota's

at-large district.

Kristi Noem

South Dakota Governor


2018

First Black Congresswoman from

Massachussetts

In 2018, Ayanna Pressley became the first

black Congresswoman to represent

Massachusetts after defeating the 10-term

Democratic congressman Michael

Capuano. Pressley represents

Massachusetts 7th District and previously

served as the first black woman on

Boston's City Council.

Ayanna Pressley

Massachusetts Congresswoman


2018

Tennessee’s First Female Senator

In 2018, Marsha Blackburn became

Tennessee's first female Senator after

winning Republican Senator Bob Corker's

seat. Blackburn previously represented

Tennessee's 7th District in the United States

House of Representatives since 2003.

Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee Senator


2018

First Latina Congresswomen From Texas

In 2018, Veronica Escobar became one of

Texas's first Latina Congresswomen after

defeating Republican Rick Seeberger. Escobar

is the second Hispanic, and first woman ever

to represent Texas's 16th District. Prior to

serving in the House of Representatives,

Escobar was elected as County Judge of El

Paso County in 2010.

Veronica Escobar

Texas Congresswoman


2018

First Latina Congresswomen From Texas

In 2018, Sylvia Garcia became one of Texas's first

Latina Congresswomen after defeating Republican

Phillip Aronoff. Garcia represents the 29th District

of Texas, after winning the primary with 63% of

the vote. Garcia previously served as a member of

the Texas Senate from the 6th District having been

elected in 2013.

Sylvia Garcia

Texas Congresswoman


2019

First Female Speaker of the Virginia House

of Delegates

In 2019, Eileen Filler-Corn beat out three other

candidates to become Virginia's first female

speaker of the House of Delegates. Filler-Corn

is also the first woman to serve as the

minority leader of the Virginia House of

Delegates.

Eileen Filler-Corn

Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates


2019

First Muslim Virginia State Senator

In 2019, Ghazal Hashmi unseated Republican

State Senator Glen Sturtevant to become

Virginia’s first Muslim state Senator. Hashmi is a

former English professor and Founding Director

of of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and

Learning at Reynolds community college. She

earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgia

Southern University and her PhD from Emory

University.

Ghazala Hashmi

Virginia Legislator


2019

The only woman on Forbes’ list of

highest paid athletes

Serena Williams has the most Grand

Slam titles in singles, doubles and

mixed doubles combined of all active

tennis players and is tied in third for

tennis players overall. Williams along

with her sister Venus have become icons

and pioneers for women in tennis.

Serena Williams

Professional Tennis Player


2020

First African American and First Woman

Mayor of Ferguson

In June 2020, Ella Jones became both the first

African American and first woman mayor of

Ferguson. Previously, she was the first African

American woman elected to the Ferguson

City Council. Jones is also a pastor and

chromatographer.

Ella Jones

Mayor of Ferguson, MO

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