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Good News in History Sept. 18

On this day 70 years ago, Margaret Chase Smith became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. For more than three decades, she...

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On This Day in History

Good News in History Sept. 18

On this day 70 years ago, Margaret Chase Smith became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. For more than three decades, she served as a role model for women aspiring to national politics; she was also the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first to have her name placed in nomination for the US Presidency of a major party. Senator Smith bravely denounced the Communist witch hunt of McCarthyism at a time when others feared that speaking out would ruin their careers. On June 1, 1950, she delivered her courageous 15-minute “Declaration of Conscience" speech, defending every American's "right to criticize...right to hold unpopular beliefs...right to protest.” READ a bit of her remarkable censure of her own party... (1948)