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The First Elected Women Representatives and Senators by State and Territory



Ruth Sears Pratt (1929)
Marian Williams Clarke (1933)
Caroline O’Day (1935)
Winifred Claire Stanley (1943)
Katharine St. George (1947)
Edna Flannery Kelly (1949)
Jessica McCullough Weis (1959)
Shirley Anita Chisholm (1969)
Bella Savitzky Abzug (1971)
Elizabeth Holtzman (1973)
Geraldine Anne Ferraro (1979)
Louise M. Slaughter (1987)
Nita M. Lowey (1989)
Susan Molinari (1990)
Nydia M. Velázquez (1993)
Carolyn B. Maloney (1993)
Sue W. Kelly (1995)
Carolyn McCarthy (1997)
Yvette D. Clarke (2007)
Kirsten Gillibrand (2007)

Hillary Rodham Clinton (2001)


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