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Social Policy

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.

Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer elected to Senate

November 3, 1992

Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first Jewish women senators, the first female senators from California, and the first two women to ever represent any state at the same time.

Bella Abzug elected to Congress

November 3, 1970

Elected to the U.S. Congress on this date, Bella Abzug claimed that she spent her days "figuring out how to beat the machine and knock the crap out of the political power structure."

Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act becomes Law

October 28, 2000

The Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act introduced by Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky became law.

Ernestine Rose presides over national women's rights convention

October 19, 1854

Ernestine Rose, a leading early American advocate for women's rights, presided over the Fifth National Woman's Rights Convention in Philadelphia.

Birth of Judge Jennie Loitman Barron

October 13, 1891

Judge Jennie Loitman Barron, the first woman to serve on the Massachusetts Superior Court, was born.

Passage of NY widows' pension bill advocated by Hannah Bachman Einstein

April 7, 1915

New York's Governor Charles S. Whitman signed the state Widowed Mothers Pension Act, largely as a result of the efforts of Hannah Bachman Einstein.

Ann F. Lewis appointed National Chair of the Democratic Party's Women's Vote Center

February 4, 2002

Ann F. Lewis was appointed National Chair of the Democratic Party's Women's Vote Center.

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