Esther Peterson (9/10)

Esther Peterson and John F. Kennedy’s working relationship began in his earliest days on Congress. She was a lobbyist for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, and Kennedy was on the House Education and Labor Committee. Peterson had earned a “reputation in Congress for being well-prepared and effective advocate of labor’s position.” Kennedy brought Peterson onto his … More Esther Peterson (9/10)

Shirley Chisholm (8/10)

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress. This year was “watershed year, a tumultuous year, as well as a year full of contradictions,” and Chisholm’s election was one of the “many extraordinary events of that cataclysmic year.” Due to the reports from the President’s Commission on … More Shirley Chisholm (8/10)

Nancy Pelosi (7/10)

On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives in U.S.—the highest elected office any women had achieved. When speaking about the moment, Pelosi stated, “Becoming the Speaker is a significant accomplishment, but I have never felt it was a personal victory. Rather, I see … More Nancy Pelosi (7/10)

The Declaration of the Rights and Sentiments (6/10)

Written in 1848, the Declaration of the Rights and Sentiments was signed by 68 women and 32 men at the women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the other authors, modeled it after the United States Declaration of Independence. The beginning of the declaration states, “We hold these truths to … More The Declaration of the Rights and Sentiments (6/10)