In 1974 in Connecticut, Ella Grasso became the first woman to he elected governor in her own right, not as a successor to her husband.
In 1976 Representative Barbara Jordan of Texas became the first woman and the first African American to give the main speech at the Democratic National Convention.
This honor, she said, “is one additional hit of evidence that the American Dream need not forever be deferred.”
In 1977 President Jimmy Carter appointed two women to his cabinet.
Patricia Roberts Harris became the first African American woman in a cabinet position, as secretary of housing and urban development, and Juanita Kreps became the first woman secretary of commerce.