When the 19th Amendment was ratified, women were finally given the right to vote, and over the years many courageous women have stepped onto the national political stage as well. In 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress and almost a century later Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina woman to serve on the Supreme Court. And within the last two decades, the esteemable Hillary Clinton has served as First Lady, a New York senator and Secretary of State. These women, and many more, are setting the stage for the future of female leaders in Washington.
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Barbara Bush has decided to stop seeking medical treatment to prolong her life and focus on comfort care, a spokesman said. The mother and wife of presidents has been in and out of the hospital and suffers from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
When Hillary Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001, she became the first American first lady to ever win a public office seat. She later became the 67th U.S. secretary of state in 2009, serving until 2013. In 2016, she became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.
All 22 women in the Senate signed a letter demanding legislation to overhaul the sexual harassment complaint process in Congress, which can drag on for months. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand slammed leaders for stripping measures from a spending bill this week.
Michelle Obama’s memoir, ‘Becoming,’ is slated to go on sale on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 -- a week after the midterm elections. The work of “deep reflection and and mesmerizing storytelling” by the former first lady will be both autobiographical and reveal life inside the White House.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg just assigned her first majority opinion ever in a ruling that strikes down a provision of a statute that allows the expulsion of certain noncitizens. The Supreme Court Justice of 25 years finally earned seniority giving her the ability to assign opinions.
Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor for 8 hours, reading personal ‘dreamer’ stories and citing the Bible, to force Republicans into action on immigration. The speech was intended to oppose a 2-year budget deal that fails to address immigration, which the House must pass Thursday to avoid a government shut-down.
Former Tea Party presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is considering running for former Sen. Al Franken's Minnesota seat. “There's also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic," she said. "We're trying to be wise."