Political Milestones for Women in United States




The political scenery of United States has undergone a drastic change of color ever since the 19th Amendment to the Constitution bestowed the much deserved right to vote on women in the country. With merely days having passed from the time when Nancy Pelosi took on the reins of the US House of Representatives on 26th January of 2012, this article casts a few lumens of light on the worthy issue of how US political system has unfolded with regards to representation of women.

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to be elected in the U.S. House of Representatives, and she achieved this position in 1917. Five years later, Rebecca Latimer gave further impetus to the representation of women in the Senate by becoming the first woman to do so. Though she served for just one day, the day still is still marked in golden ink on the political calendar of United States. More than a decade later, the position of the Secretary of Labor under the iconic Franklin D. Roosevelt was occupied by Frances Perkins, and thus she became the first woman to serve in the president's cabinet.

The 1960s are remembered for two events of prime importance as far their bearings on the future of women's representation on United States' political platforms was concerned. In 1964, Sen. George Aiken nominated Margaret Chase Smith for presidential status at the Republican national convention. Four years later, Shirley Chisholm overcame all social constraints and became the first black woman to be elected in Congress. 1976 is another important year in terms of the history of black women making it big on the political podiums as Barbara Jordan delivered a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, becoming the first black woman to do so.