Sarah Palin served as governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, the state's first female governor. In August 2008, Senator John McCain chose Palin to serve as his vice-presidential running mate in his presidential campaign, making Palin the first woman to run on the Republican Party's presidential ticket. Palin was born on February 11, 1964, in Sandpoint, Idaho, moving to Alaska with her family in later that year. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from the University of Idaho in 1987, then returned to Alaska to work […]
Roxanne Qualls served three terms as mayor of Cincinnati, first elected in 1993 and reelected in 1995 and 1997. Qualls was born March 3, 1953, in Tacoma, Washington. She attended Thomas More College, majoring in history, and then attended the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the College of Design, Architecture, and Art. Prior to serving in elective office, Roxanne served as the first director of the Northern Kentucky Rape Crisis Center (1975-1977, now known as the Women's Crisis Center), the executive director of […]
Felisa Rincón de Gautier
Felisa Rincón de Gautier was a Puerto Rican suffragist and the first female mayor of San Juan. Rincón de Gautier was born on January 9, 1897, in Ceiba, Puerto Rico. She was active in the campaign to win Puerto Rican women the right to vote, which finally succeeded in 1932. She was one of the first women to vote in Puerto Rico and was later elected the first female mayor of San Juan, serving from 1946-1969. Her social programs were widely supported and were focused on childcare programs, centers for […]
Elaine Scruggs served as mayor of Glendale, Arizona, from 1993 to 2013. Prior to her service as mayor, she served on the Glendale City Council from 1991 to 1993 and was a member and past chair of the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority Board of Directors, the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council, and MAG Transportation Policy Committee. She has also served as president of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and a past chair and former member of Arizona Municipal Water Users Association.
Norma J. Torres assumed office in the U.S. House of Representatives California's 35th District in January 2015. Torres was born April 4, 1965, in Guatemala and immigrated to the United States when she was five years old. She received her bachelor's degree in labor studies from the National Labor College in Silver Springs, Maryland. Torres worked as a 911 dispatcher, and in 1994 led a campaign to require the hiring of bilingual 911 operators. She was an active member of AFSCME, serving as local 3090's shop steward. Torres served on […]
Marian "Mimi" Walters served in the U.S. House of Representatives for California's 45th Congressional District from 2015 to 2019. Walters was born on May 14, 1962. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1984. She began her career as a stockbroker. From 1996 to 2004, Walters was councilwoman and mayor of Laguna Niguel. She then served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2008, representing the 73rd Assembly District. During her tenure in the state assembly, she served as […]