A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to Washington and Changed the Nation

An inspiring history of all the women who have taken a seat in Congress!

For the first 128 years of America’s history, only men served in the Senate and House of Representatives. All that changed in January 1917 when Jeannette Rankin was sworn in as the first woman elected to Congress. From the women’s suffrage movement to the 2018 election, Ilene Cooper highlights influential and diverse female leaders who opened doors for women in politics. Women featured include Nancy Pelosi (the first woman Speaker of the House), Margaret Chase Smith (the first woman elected to the Senate), Patsy Mink (the first woman of color to serve in the House), and newcomers like Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. This updated book includes archival photographs and lively illustrations from Elizabeth Baddeley, as well as a chart of all the women who have served in Congress, appendices that define key terms and governmental procedures, and an index. In a great new reading format, this updated, revised edition is perfect for young feminists!

Product Details

Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers
March 11, 2014 | 160 pages | Ages 8–12

Available in hardcover and ebook

Featured in Booklist magazine's "Cracking the Glass Ceiling"

Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley


* "It is no small task to create a book that summarizes over a century of U.S. history, gives a crash course in civics, and provides succinct, pithy biographies of numerous women who have served in the legislative and judicial branches of government. Cooper pulls it off."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A great addition to middle grade collections."
School Library Journal


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