Hattie Caraway Becomes the First Woman Elected to the Senate
On this day in history, Hattie Caraway became the first woman elected to the Senate. Following her husband’s death at the end of his second term as the junior senator from Arkansas, Hattie was appointed to succeed her husband by Governor Parnell. On January 12, 1932 she became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate after winning a special election to fill the remaining months of her husband’s term. Caraway was also the first woman to chair a Senate committee, the first woman to run a senate hearing, and the first woman to preside over the Senate.