Here are some facts about women who have servedor are currently serving in the U.S. Congress.There have been 200 women elected orappointed to the U.S. Congress. JeannetteRankin, Republican from Montana, was thefirst woman elected to serve in Congress.
OnNovember 9, 1916, she was elected to theHouse of Representatives as Montana’sRepresentative-at-Large to the 65th Congress; she served from1917-1919. Since that time 199 other women have served inThere are a record number of women serving in the 106thCongress: 58 in the House and 9 in the Senate. There have been 178 women elected to the House ofRepresentatives.
Of these, 37 were elected to fill vacancies causedby their husbands’ deaths.There have been 27 women elected to the Senate. Of these, 7 wereelected to fill vacancies caused by their husbands’ deaths. Fivewomen went from the House to the Senate.
Edith Nourse Rogers, Republican fromMassachusetts, holds the record for thelongest service by a woman in the House ofRepresentatives. Originally elected to fill thevacancy caused by her husband’s death, sheserved from June 25, 1925, until her death onSeptember 10, 1960.Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtineor, aRepublican from Florida, was first elected in1989. She is the first Hispanic woman andfirst Cuban American to serve in Congress.Representative Nydia Velazquez, aDemocrat from New York, was elected in1992 and became the first Puerto Ricanwoman to serve in Congress.Women Political Leaders -Historical andCurrent Name Reign President Isabel Pern 1974-1976 Queen Zabel 1219-1226 Prime Minister Khaleda Zia1991-1996 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed1996-present Premier Pamela Gordon1997-1998 Premier Jennifer Smith1998-present Prime Minister Lidia Gueiler 1979-1980 Prime Minister Sylvie Kinigi 1993-1994 Empress Theodora 1055-1056 Queen Kossamak (joint ruler) 1955-1960 Prime Minister Kim Campbell 1993 (4 months) Prime Minister Elizabeth Domitien 1974-1976 Empress Wu Chao 655-705 Dowager Empress Tsu-Hsi1861-1908 Queen Margaret I1387-1412 Queen Margrethe II 1972-present Prime Minister Mary Eugenia Charles 1980-1995 Queen Hatshepsut 1501-1498 B.
C. Queen Eje 1351-1350 B.C.
Queen Arsinoe II (joint ruler) 279-270 B.C. Queen Berenice 81-80 B.C. Queen Cleopatra VII 51-50 B.C. Empress Waizero 1916-1930 President Tarja Halonen2000-present Prime Minister Edith Cresson 1991-1992 Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey) 1553 (9 days) Queen Mary I 1553-1558 Queen Elizabeth I 1558-1603 Queen Mary II (joint ruler)1689-1702 Queen Anne 1702-1714 Queen Victoria 1837-1901 Queen Elizabeth II 1952-present Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 1979-1990 President Janet Jagan1997-1999 Provisional President Erita Pascal-Trouillot 1990 Prime Minister Claudette Werleigh1995-1996 Queen Mary 1382-1387 Queen Elizabeth 1439-1440 Queen Maria Theresa 1740-1780 President Vigdis Finnbogadttir 1980-1996 Prime Minister Indira Gandhi 1966-1977,1980-1984 President Mary Robinson 1990-1997 President Mary McAleese1997-presentIsrael and Judah Queen Athaliah 842-837 B.C.
Prime Minister Golda Meir1969-1974 Queen Theodelinda 590 Queen Joanna I of Naples 1343-1381 Queen Maria of Sicily 1377-1402 Queen Joanna II of Naples1414-1435 Empress Suiko Tenno 593-628 Empress Kogyoku 642-645 Empress Jito 686-697 Empress Gemmyo 703-724 Empress Koken (abdicated) 749-758 Empress Shotuku-Koken 764-770 President Vaira Vike-Freiberga1999-present Prime Minister Kazimicra Prunskiene 1990-1992 Queen Ranavalona I 1828-1861 Queen Rasoaherina 1863-1868 Queen Ranavalona II 1868-1883 Queen Ranavalona III (deposed) 1883-1896 Queen Wilhelmina (abdicated) 1890-1948 Queen Juliana 1948-1980 Queen Beatrix1980-present Prime Minister Maria Liberia-Peters1984-1986,1988-1993 Prime Minister Susanne Camelia-Romer1993, 1998-present Prime Minister Jenny Shipley1997-1999 Prime Minister Helen Clark1999-present President Maria Liberia Peres 1984-1985 President Violeta Barriosde Chamorro 1990-1997 Queen Margaret 1387-1412 Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtlandt 1981 and 1986 Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto 1988-1990,1993-1996 President Mireya Moscoso1999-present President Maria Corazon Aquino 1986-1992 Queen Hedwige 1384-1399 Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka 1992-1993 Queen Maria I 1777-1816 Queen Maria II 1826-1828 Queen Maria III 1834-1853 Prime Minister Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo 1979 (149 days) Empress Irene 797-802 Queen Tamara 1184-1212 Empress Catherine I 1725-1727 Empress Anna Ivanovna 1730-1740 Empress Elizabeth Petrovna 1741-1762 Empress Catherine II (The Great) 1762-1796 Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana1993-1994 Governor-General Pearlette Louisy1997-present Queen Mary Stuart (executed) 1542-1567 Betty Mae Jumper 1960-1969 Queen Dona Urraca 1109-1126 Queen Juana I 1274-1307 Queen Juana II 1328-1349 Queen Dona Blanca 1425-1441 Queen Isabella I (joint ruler) 1474-1504 Queen Catalina de Albret 1481-1512 Queen Isabella II 1833-1868 Queen Anula 47-42 B.C. Queen Sivali 35 B.C. Queen Lilavati 1197-1200,1209-1212 Queen Kalyanavati 1202-1208 Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike 1960-1965,1970-1977,1994-present President Chandrika Kumaratunga1994-present Queen Christina (abdicated) 1632-1654 Queen Ulrica Eleonora (abdicated) 1718-1720 Queen Salote Tubou III 1918-1965 Prime Minister Tansu iller1993-1996Bibliography: