Sept. 13, 1948
Margaret Chase Smith Becomes First Woman to Serve Both Houses of Congress
On this day in 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
Senator Smith, a moderate Republican, ran for the presidency in 1964 and was the second longest-serving female senator in U.S. history.
Photo: National Archives
Patsy Mink (1927-2002)
-The first woman of color in the US Congress
-The first Asian American to run for president (1972 Democratic primaries)
-Represented Hawaii for 12 terms
-Authored Title IX
-Served as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs under Carter
-As a student at the University of Nebraska, mobilized a coalition to end segregated student housing
-Mother of social justice advocate Gwendolyn (Wendy) Mink