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In 1933, Isabella Greenway became the first Democratic woman to represent Arizona in Congress. Settling in Tucson, AZ, Greenway’s political views were strongly influenced by western values that gave her the “liberty of living.” Greenway began her political career being a chair member of Women’s Land Army of New Mexico. Lifelong friend with Eleanor Roosevelt, Greenway helped campaign on Franklin Roosevelt’s behalf. During her time in Congress, Greenway focused on veteran’s relief, the industrial workforce laborers and the high unemployment rate in Arizona. Leaving Congress in 1936, Greenway demonstrated her advocacy for women through her work in American Women’s Volunteer Service. This group served by giving women the opportunity to train for civil defense.
Ana Frohmiller led a life dedicated to public service. Beginning in 1922, Frohmiller began her career as Coconino County treasurer and continued by becoming state’s auditor in 1927, serving 24 years in this position. Winning 14 consecutive elections, she earned a reputation as a tough administrator. She was outspoken and was always willing to take on the establishment if she believed it was wrong. She is known as Arizona’s first woman nominated for governor in the year 1950. Ana Frohmiller went on to become the founding secretary and treasurer of Southwest Savings and Loan Association, a post which she held until 1962.
Gabrielle Giffords became the youngest member of the Arizona Senate in 2002. In 2005, Giffords went on to run for a seat in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District. Seen as a highly ‘centrist legislator,’ Giffords’ political focus included border security, energy independence and the needs of military and veteran families. In 2010, Giffords was re-elected to office. She was a supporter of the Health Care Reform bill and a strong supporter of women’s rights. Giffords is married to Navy Captain Mark Kelly and was credited in 2011 as the Honorary Military Spouse. In 2012, Giffords resigned her seat in Congress in order to focus on her recovery from the devastating injuries she suffered during the tragic shootings in Tucson in January 2011. She has become, not just an Arizonan hero, but a national hero and an example of what is best in American politics – and in the American people.
Rose Mofford wasted no time entering state work. She worked for the state straight out of high school in 1941 and served in staff jobs until being appointed to elective office in 1977. She held the position of Arizona Secretary of State for a decade. After the 1988 impeachment and removal from office of Gov. Evan Mecham, she served three years as the state’s chief executive, becoming Arizona’s first female governor. Rose Mofford paved the way for women today to be able to obtain such powerful roles within the state and nation.
In 1912, the Arizona Legislature granted women the right to vote, but it would not be until 1920 that women suffrage was granted nationally through the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. The right to vote led to a proliferation of women running for local, state and national offices. Unfortunately, women attempting to enter the political spectrum have faced many criticisms in regards to their intelligence, drive and capabilities to face down opponents. However, women have proven their worth and capabilities in politics, continuing to hold offices and infiltrate the male-dominated government systems. Due to Arizona’s early support of women, we have made great strides in politics, and will continue to do so in years to come.
Margaret Sanger, a nurse on the lower east side of New York, became strongly aware of the effects of unwelcome and unplanned pregnancies, making her a strong advocate for birth control. In 1912, Sanger quit her job as a nurse to devote her full attention to the distribution of birth control information. Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, which is known today as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. By 1917, she had set up the first birth control clinic in the United States. Facing many hardships, including persecution, arrest and indictment, her dedication to the birth control movement laid the groundwork for reproductive freedom for women today.
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