This Friday, we’ll commemorate the 96th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote. It was a historic moment. It was a public declaration, by law, that every single voice in this country deserves to be heard in our representative government.
Since then, women have been breaking barriers and using unique skills, experiences, and expertise to shape public policy. Simply stated, women have been making history.
Mimi Walters was a stockbroker.
Martha McSally was a colonel in the Air Force and the first female fighter pilot.
Barbara Comstock juggled starting a family with completing law school before she became Chief Counsel of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Susan Brooks was a U.S. attorney in Indiana, prosecuting high-profile cases of mortgage fraud and online child exploitation.
Virginia Foxx was the first in her family to go to college — and she later earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in education, and served as president of a community college.
Kay Granger was the first woman to be elected Mayor of Fort Worth and is the first and only Republican woman elected from Texas to the House of Representatives.
Marsha Blackburn was the first woman to sell books door to door for Southwestern Co. After working her way up in the company, Marsha left to build a small business of her own.
Vicky Hartzler was raised on a farm, served in the Missouri State House until taking time off after adopting a baby daughter, and then later became the second Republican woman elected to Congress from Missouri.
Jaime Herrera Beutler is the first Hispanic in history to represent Washington State in the House, and her daughter is the first child to survive Potter’s Syndrome.
Lynn Jenkins was raised on a dairy farm, and she is a certified public accountant.
Cynthia Lummis was the youngest woman elected to the Wyoming Legislature.
Candice Miller served as Michigan’s first female secretary of state.
Kristi Noem left college early to help run her family’s ranch after her father died, but earned her bachelor’s degree in 2012, while serving in Congress.
Martha Roby worked at a law firm, and she is one of the first two women elected to Congress from Alabama in regular elections.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress.
Ann Wagner was the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg.
Jackie Walorski wore many hats: she was a television reporter, a missionary, and even the executive director of her local Humane Society.
Elise Stefanik, at 30, was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Mia Love is the first African American Republican woman to serve in the House.
And Amata Radewagen is the first woman elected to serve in Congress from American Samoa.
Each story is unique and incredible. All of these great women are Republicans, and all of them are trailblazers.
Today, and every day, we celebrate the women who helped all women earn a seat at the table of representative government, and we pick up where they left off in the fight to ensure that every woman – every person – has the opportunity to live confidently and pursue our own unique version of the American Dream.