Updated April 10, 2021
The US is not exactly a role model when it comes to having women in political or appointed office. We haven’t even elected a woman president, and Iceland accomplished that back in 1980! But we have been making better progress this century than ever before.
You can examine the growth in the number of women in Congress and state legislatures and state office executives on the Congressional and State Office page.
Then we highlight specific women who were the “first” in one or more positions nationally or in other states on the Historic Firsts in US page. Be sure to also check out the 2020 Firsts for Women Nationally page.
You definitely don’t want to miss the tidbit from the early 1600s. It’s a story of our pre-US establishment diplomatic mission on the First Diplomat, Native American page.
We also took a look at U.S. Executive Branch appointments and share them on the Presidential Cabinet Picks page.
Lastly, we present some great women’s stories from the Judicial Branch, our third branch of government, on our US Judicial Women Firsts page.