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Like many, I'm excited about the 113th Congress because of the inclusion of so many women and because of its diversity and its many firsts. However, we ought to be mindful of the overall history of women in Congress and get better acquainted with those progressive women whose trailblazing efforts nearly a century ago broke the glass ceiling at the federal level.
Did you know that:
- the first woman elected to Congress won her seat even before women had the right to vote?
- the first female Senator only served for one day?
- or that she holds the record as the oldest person to begin serving in the Senate at age 87?
And who is it that holds the record for length of service by a woman in Congress?
Here's an easy one: which political party has women serving in Congress at nearly twice the rate of the other party?The answers are in the article History of Women in Congress.
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