Women’s History Month: Women Leading in Politics from the Right

Welcome to Women’s History Month, the time each year we dedicate to celebrating the achievements of women throughout American history.

It’s been 100 years since Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Women didn’t stop there, but turned their attention to public office, serving this nation at nearly every level of government.

As President Ronald Reagan, whose Presidential Proclamation 5619 established March as  "Women’s History Month, said:

“... women have helped shape our Nation… Women have forged a place for themselves in public life, serving on the Supreme Court, in the Congress, and in Cabinet posts; becoming Ambassadors; and holding Federal Executive posts that affect the lives of every citizen.”

Today, 127 women serve in Congress, 9 are governors, 15 are lieutenant governors, over 2,000 serve in state legislatures and even more serve at the local level.

Here are 49 women serving at the highest levels in Washington who believe in principles of individual freedom, limited government, and free markets:

President’s Cabinet:

  • Gina Haspel, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education
  • Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration
  • Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation

Federal Agencies

  • Seema Verma, Administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services
  • Kathleen Kraninger, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Heather Nauert, Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and Spokeswoman of the State Department
  • Jovita Carranza, Treasurer of the United States
  • Heather Wilson, Secretary of the United States Air Force

The White House:

  • Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States
  • Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States
  • Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States
  • Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President of the United States
  • Sarah Sanders, Press Secretary
  • Mercedes Schlapp, White House Director of Strategic Communications

Members of Congress

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
  • Senator Martha McSally of Arizona
  • Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa
  • Senator Susan Collins of Maine
  • Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi
  • Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska
  • Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee
  • Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
  • Representative Martha Roby of Alaska
  • Representative Debbie Lesko of Arizona
  • Representative Jackie Walorski of Indiana
  • Representative Susan Brooks of Indiana
  • Representative Ann Wagner of Missouri
  • Representative Vicky Hartzler of Missouri
  • Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina
  • Representative Elise Stefanik of New York
  • Representative Kay Granger of Texas
  • Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
  • Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington
  • Representative Carol Miller of West Virginia
  • Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, House Republican Conference Chair
  • Delegate Amata Radewagen of American Samoa
  • Delegate Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon of Puerto Rico

Governors and Lieutenant Governors

  • Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama
  • Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa
  • Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota
  • Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez of Florida
  • Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin of Idaho
  • Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch of Indiana
  • Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton of Kentucky
  • Lt. Governor Karyn Polito of Massachusetts
  • Lt. Governor Pamela Evette of South Carolina

*This list was compiled based on data by the Center for American Women and Politics.

Here are a few firsts and notable achievements from conservative women that stand out:

  • Secretary Elaine Chao was the first Asian American woman and the first Chinese American in U.S. history to be appointed to a President's Cabinet.

  • Senator Martha McSally was the first female American combat pilot.

  • Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress.

  • Kim Reynolds and Kristi Noem were the first women to be elected as governors of their states.

  • Lt. Governor Jeneane Hampton is the first African-American to hold any statewide office in Kentucky history

  • Jeanette Nunez is first the Latina to serve as Florida Lieutenant Governor.

  • Kellyanne Conway was the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign.

  • Carla Provost first female Chief of the United States Border Patrol

As we reflect on how far women have come, we must continue to push forward people and policies which promote equality of opportunity and remove the barriers to progress. 



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