Getting To Know The 4 Newest Female Senators

Yesterday marked another achievement in history: the 113th Congress will welcome four new female Senators into the fold. There will now be at least 19 women serving in the Senate, making this the largest group of women that has ever served. The previous Congress included 17 women members. The numbers are growing slowly but surely. We’ve come a long way since the days of Hattie Caraway of Arkansas, who became the first female to serve in the Senate in 1931. Caraway was appointed to the position after her husband, Thaddeus Caraway, died and she took his position. Many did not believe that she would serve a full term but she ran for re-election in 1938 despite opposition. She won and served in the Senate until 1945.

We still have lessons to learn from trailblazing women like Hattie Caraway. I’m sure that she never imagined that 19 women would ever make up our Senate at any given time. We wanted to raise our hats and congratulate four of the newest Senator-elects to Congress. We’re looking to you ladies, to help guide this country in the right direction.

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  1. Chauncey says:

    I would encourage you to do research before posting an article like this. Having a vagina does not mean that when you are a Senator you will work for Women's Rights. Sen. Deb Fischer from Nebraska is a good example of this. She defeated a man who supports Women's Rights much more than she does. It begs the question, do we just want any woman to be a Senator or do we want a woman who will work for Women's Rights?

    1. Tiffany-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says:

      I understand your concern but I actually didn’t write anything about what their agendas would be. The article is more about the fact that it’s historic that 19 women are in the Senate. It’s sad that it’s taken so long to get that many in the Senate, and it’s still not a big number. I never said “they will work for women’s rights.” When I said that they could lead the nation in the right direction, it refers to a number of things, not exclusively women’s rights. Obviously, I hope that some of them will champion these issues but I don’t put all the responsibility on them just because they are women. So thanks for reading!

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