A woman in the House and Senate : how women came to the United States Congress, broke down barriers, and changed the country
Title
A woman in the House and Senate : how women came to the United States Congress, broke down barriers, and changed the country

Author
Cooper, Ilene, author.

ISBN
9781419710360

Physical Description
ix, 134 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.

Contents
"Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less" -- Flash and crash, 1920-1930 -- Hard times: depression, war, and the red menace, 1931-1953 -- Settling down and stirring things up, 1954-1963 -- "A change is gonna come," 1964-1979 -- The calm before the storm, 1980-1999 -- An unsettling decade, 2000-2010 -- What goes up must come down, and goes back up!.

Reading Level
1040 L Lexile

Corporate Subject
United States. Congress -- History.

Subject Term
Women -- Political activity -- United States -- History.
 
Women politicians -- United States.
 
Women legislators -- United States -- History.
 
Women political candidates -- United States.
 
Women and democracy -- United States.

Summary
For the first 128 years of our countrys history, not a single woman served in the Senate or House of Representatives. All of that changed, however, in November 1916, when Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress, even before the Nineteenth Amendment gave women across the United States the right to vote. Beginning with the womens suffrage movement and going all the way through the results of the 2012 election, Ilene Cooper deftly covers more than a century of U.S. history in order to highlight the influential and diverse group of female leaders who opened doors for women in politics as well as the nation as a whole. Featured women include Hattie Caraway (the first woman elected to the Senate), Patsy Mink (the first woman of color to serve in Congress), Shirley Chisholm (the first African American woman in Congress), and present day powerhouses like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. The book is filled with lively illustrations and archival photographs. It includes a glossary, index, and chart of all the women who have served in Congress.


LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
Stillwater Public LibraryBookJ 320.73082 COO11Nonfiction Collection