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Civil Service

'Feisty, Jewish grandmother' to run for Lieutenant Governor of NJ

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (Dem) has picked Loretta Weinberg to be his running mate for lieutenant governor.  The JTA reports that this "marks the first time a Jewish woman is running for state-wide office in New Jersey."

The JTA article does not paint a pretty picture of the history of women in New Jersey politics.

Sotomayor and other "firsts"

Yesterday morning, as I heard the news that Obama would imminently announce Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for the Supreme Court, my eyes welled with tears. I thought about the Latino and Latina kids who will grow up knowing that they, too, can serve on the highest bench, and also thought about the older people in the Latino community who undoubtedly feel pride and a sense of communal achievement.

Florence Kahn Portrait Unveiled at the Capitol

As a student at Wellesley College, I'd gotten used to seeing portraits of powerful women displayed on the walls of the library and in academic buildings.

Janet Jagan elected president of Guyana

December 15, 1997

Janet Jagan was elected as president of Guyana, becoming the first American-born woman to be elected leader of any country.

Dianne Feinstein's career changed by violence

November 22, 1978

After the assassination of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, Dianne Feinstein was sworn in as the first female mayor of San Francisco.

Rebekah Kohut honored for fifty years of communal activism

November 21, 1935

New York communal worker Rebekah Kohut was honored for 50 years of dedicated service at a gala dinner for 800, where she was presented with $50,000 to distribute to her favorite charities.

Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, anti-discrimination pioneer

November 12, 1900

Birth of Caroline Klein Simon, public activist and pioneer in the fight for women's and human rights.

Nita M. Lowey elected to House of Representatives

November 8, 1988

Nita M. Lowey was elected to the House of Representatives from New York.

Madeleine Kunin elected Governor of Vermont

November 7, 1984

Madeleine Kunin won election as governor of Vermont, becoming the first Jewish woman governor of an American state.

Linda Lingle elected Governor of Hawaii

November 5, 2002

Linda Lingle became the first female and first Jew to be elected Governor in the state of Hawaii.

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