Connecticut has a long, rich history of heroines who broke societal norms and modeled feminine strength in their time. As we celebrate March as International Women’s Month, we invite you to get to know some of the female trailblazers and leaders who have graced our history and our state.
But, before we introduce you to these phenomenal women, will you consider making a donation to your Connecticut Democratic Party so we can continue to grow and uphold the strong women in our state? [[link removed]]
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[[link removed]] Ella T. Grasso
An amazingly unique woman, Ms. Grasso became the first woman elected Governor in the United States in 1975. She began her political career as a speechwriter for the Connecticut Democratic Party and later became the first woman elected “Floor Leader” in the House of Representatives. She also served as Connecticut's Secretary of State.
Chase G. Woodhouse [[link removed]]
Ms. Woodhouse was one smart cookie. A prominent economist, feminist, and suffragist, she would be remembered as the f irst Democratic female Congresswoman from the state of Connecticut. Previous to her election, she taught at the University of Chicago, Smith College, and Connecticut College. Ms. Woodhouse was an early feminist and is noted for her writings on women’s education.
[[link removed]] Constance Baker Motley
Before being appointed as the first black Federal Court Judge in 1966. Ms. Motley made history by making the original argument in the Brown v. Board of Education case. She was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement and served as lead trial attorney defending Martin Luther King, the Freedom Riders, and the Birmingham Children’s March.
Jahana Hayes [[link removed]]
Congresswoman Hayes is the first Black woman and first Black Democrat to represent Connecticut in Congress . Previously a history teacher at John F. Kennedy High School, Hayes was recognized as the “National Teacher of the Year” in 2016.
[[link removed]] Nancy DiNardo
A familiar face! Nancy is the first woman and current Chair of the Democratic Party of Connecticut . She previously chaired the Trumbull CT Town Committee and has been a longtime educator for the Bridgeport school system.
As we look toward the future, we are excited to see what the amazing women of our state will do. Who will be the next April Paul (introduced the first Equal Rights Amendment to Congress) or Maria Sanchez (first Hispanic woman elected to the General Assembly)?
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