Ten women won seats in the House of Representatives in the 1920s, although most were wives or daughters of previous representatives.
In 1924 two women were elected governor: Nellie Tayloe Ross in Wyoming and Miriam (“Ma”) Ferguson in Texas. Both succeeded their husbands in office.
Florence Allen was the first woman elected to a state supreme court, in Ohio in 1922.
Also in 1922, Rebecca Felton of Georgia, then in her early eighties, made headlines when she was appointed to serve for one day as a U.S. senator, finishing the term of a senator who had died.
The first woman elected to the Senate was Hattie Caraway of Arkansas, who was appointed to her late husband’s seat in 1931 and then won in her own right in 1932. She served in the Senate until 1945.
In the 1920s women held at most 2 percent of the elected government positions.