The Beginning

1964 marks the year the first woman of color was elected to Congress, Hawaii Representative Patsy Mink.
Since that time, more than 50 women of color have served in the US Congress. Senator Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois was the first woman of color to serve in the Senate.
With her election in 2012, Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii became the first woman of color to serve in both the House and Senate. We acknowledge those on whose shoulders we stand.

 

MINK, Patsy Takemoto

The first Asian-Pacific-American woman elected to Congress, Patsy Mink of Hawaii, won election to the House in 1964.

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CHISHOLM, Shirley Anita

The first African-American woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm of New York, won election to the House in 1968.

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ROS-LEHTINEN, Ileana

The first Hispanic-American woman elected to Congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, won election to the House in 1989.

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