She was the daughter of a barber and grew up in a New England mill town. In an effort to save for a college education, she began working for wages at the age of 13; it was not enough. After high school, she worked in office jobs for a telephone company, a tax assessor, a weekly newspaper, a waste process company, and a textile mill. When she married a man twenty-one years her senior, she described it years later as a business arrangement.
Yet this woman, whose gender, modest origins, and lack of education stacked the odds against her, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, the longest serving female senator in history until Barbara Mikulski broke the record in 2011, and in 1964 the first woman formally nominated at the national convention of a major party for the office of President.
Click here to read the full article published by Pensacola News Journal on 9 June 2019.