It’s Presidential Election time! No matter the outcome, it is historic given Hillary Clinton is the first woman candidate from a major political party. The WLA holds five collections of women who held elected office. Several of those women were also “firsts.”
Carol Moseley Braun served as the first, and so far the only, African American woman in the US Senate. Sr. Carolyn Farrell, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), was elected to the Dubuque City Council and because she received the majority of votes in the council election, became mayor. She is believed to be the first woman religious in the US to serve as mayor.
Check out all five the WLA collections of women serving elected office!
Carolyn Farrell, BVM
Mayor of Dubuque 1980-1981, City Councilwoman 1977-1981
Illinois State Representative 17th District 1993-2000, Illinois State Senator District 7 2000-2008, 48th Ward Democratic Party Committeewoman.
Mary Ann Smith
48th Ward Alderman 1989-2007
Marion Kennedy Volini
48th Ward Alderman 1978-1987
A joint blog effort between Nancy Freeman, Ellen Bushong, and Kate Johnson