As promised, I am back today to continue my list of American activists who paved the way for female political involvement and representation. While last time we looked at women who were “the first” of their kind, today it is time to focus on more modern women who have carried those pioneers’ messages while creating their own legacy…
1. Condoleezza Rice — In 2001, Rice was the first women appointed national security adviser by President George W. Bush. She went on to become the first black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State from January 2005 to 2009, where she logged the most miles traveled by a U.S. Secretary of State. Among her other various political involvements Rice broke down social-political barriers when, in August 2012, she and businesswoman Darla Moore became the first women to gain membership to the Augusta National Golf Club.
2. Sandra Day O’Connor — After a successful state level judicial career, President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor for associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Once O’Connor received unanimous approval from the U.S. Senate, she broke new ground for women when she was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. Serving from 1981-2006, she was seen as a conservative swing vote, upholding Roe v. Wade.
3. Geraldine A. Ferraro — Even though you may think Sarah Palin made history as a VP candidate, Ferraro became the first female on a major party’s presidential ticket 24 years prior, in 1984. While she was Walter Mondale’s vice president nomination, she also played important leadership roles for the democratic party during her three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served as an alternate delegate to the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993, and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in 1994.