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More to Explore: Women in Politics

Governor Ann Richards, subject of our April/May production of Ann, wasn’t the first female governor in the U.S., nor was she even the first in Texas, but the powerhouse politico certainly made her mark earning praise from both sides of the aisle.

This Women’s History Month, we’re looking at some of the women who paved the way for Governor Richards’ gubernatorial tenure.

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Rep. Jeannette Rankin


First female member of Congress

U.S. Representative Jeannette Rankin made history in 1916 as the first woman to hold a seat in Congress and the only woman who ever voted to give women the right…

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Gov. Nellie Tayloe Ross


First female governor and first female director of the U.S. mint

“The Governor Lady” Governor Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected governor of Wyoming in 1924 becoming the first female to hold the position in the United States. Born in Missouri, she…

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Rep. Shirley Chisholm


First black woman to be elected to Congress

“Unbought and unbossed” 1968 was a historic year of radical change. While the Vietnam War raged in Southeast Asia, here in the states, both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert…

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Sec. Madeleine Albright


First female Secretary of State

After fleeing their homeland and hiding their Jewish roots from the Nazis during World War II, the Korbel family returned to Prague after waiting out the war in England. A…

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