Milestones for Women in American Politics
Three women were elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, the first women elected to any state legislature. They were Clara Cressingham, Carrie C. Holly, and Frances Klock.
Martha Hughes Cannon was elected to the Utah State Senate, becoming the first woman state senator.
Cora Belle Reynolds Anderson (R) was elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives, the first Native American woman in a state legislature.
With her appointment to the West Virginia State House of Representatives, Minnie Buckingham Harper (R) became the first Black woman in a state legislature.
Two Latinas, Fedelina Lucero Gallegos (R) and Porfirria Hidalgo Saiz (D), were elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, the first Latina state legislators.
Minnie Davenport Craig (R-ND) became the first woman to hold the position of speaker of the House in a state legislature.
Crystal Dreda Bird Fauset (D) was elected to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, the first Black woman elected to a state legislature.
Patsy Takemoto Mink (D) became the first Asian Pacific Islander woman elected to a state legislature when she won a seat in the Hawaii Senate.
Elaine Noble became the first openly lesbian or gay candidate elected to a state legislature. She served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for two terms starting in January 1975.
Vesta Roy, a Republican from New Hampshire, became the first woman to hold the position of president of a state senate (1983-1986).
Colleen Hanabusa (D) became president of the Hawaii Senate, the first woman of color to hold the top leadership position in a state legislative chamber.
Karen Bass (D) became speaker of the California State Assembly, the first woman of color to serve as speaker of a state house.
Tina Kotek (D-OR) became the country's first openly lesbian state House speaker.