On this date in history, January 12, 1932, Hattie...
On this date in history, January 12, 1932, Hattie Wyatt Caraway, from Arkansas, became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She was also the first woman to preside over the Senate.⠀
Her work in the Senate was a mixed bag. She served as a Democrat, and was a strong supporter of the New Deal. But like other Southern Democrats she voted against anti-lynching legislation -- in 1938 she joined fellow Southerners in a filibuster against the administration's anti-lynching bill.⠀
Over the course of her Senate career, she rarely gave speeches or made public remarks, preferring to quietly go about her business, earning her the nickname "Silent Hattie." When asked about it, she said she preferred to remain quiet in order to not "to take a minute away from the men. The poor dears love it so." Her reticence aside, her dedication to her position earned her the respect of her colleagues, and opened the door for more women in the political sphere. ⠀
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