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Women in the Senate

There are currently seventeen women in the Senate. Find out more about them and their predecessors with the links below. For more information, take a look at the Senate Historian's page on women in the Senate.



Senator Margaret Chase Smith's Declaration of Conscience, June 1, 1950

Nine and Counting:  The Women of the Senate (book profile)

Senate Staff

Oral History of Dorothye G. Scott, Administrative Assistant to the Senate Democratic Secretary and to the Secretary of the Senate, 1945-1977

Oral History of Ruth Young Watt, Chief Clerk, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, 1948-1979

Oral History of Christine S. McCreary, Senate Staff Member, 1953-1998

Senate Firsts

First Woman to Run for a Senate Seat, November 5, 1918

First Woman Senator Appointed, October 3, 1922

A Woman Presides over the Senate, October 19, 1943

First Woman Elected to Both Houses of Congress, September 13, 1948

First Female Pages in the Senate, May 14, 1971

Paintings and Photographs

Photo Collection of Women in the Senate

Portrait of Hattie Caraway

Senate Art Collection: Works by Women

Women in Congress

List of Women in the Senate

List of Women in the House

Women in Congress:  1917- (pdf)

Related Items

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Minorities in the Senate