When the 115th Congress is sworn into office next month, it will include 21 women senators, a record, and there will be three states where both senators are women.
Of the 46 women to have served in the US Senate since its inception, fully half have taken office during the past 20 years.
But one doesn’t hear a whole lot about the Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton, the first woman to serve in the US Senate. It may partly be because she served just a single day, but it’s also likely that she’s little recognized because she espoused views that today are decidedly out of tune with society as a whole.
Felton was born in 1835 in Decatur, Ga., the daughter of a prosperous planter and merchant. Unusual in the antebellum South, she was sent to Madison Female College, in Madison, Ga., which was essentially a finishing school, incorporating…
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