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Mar 16

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: Women in elected state offices, Kansas, 1919-2021

Posted on March 16, 2022 at 4:31 PM by Bill Sowers

Women in elected state offices, Kansas, 1919-2021

In 1919 Mrs. Minnie J. Grinstead of Liberal, Kansas, became the first woman to serve in the Kansas Legislature (House of Representatives). That same year Lorraine (Lizzie) Wooster also took office as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

Following those two political pioneers were:  Mrs. T. T. Solander of Osawatomie, Kansas, first state senator, first serving in 1929; Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy, Kansas' first woman representative in the U.S. Congress (1933-1935); Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, only woman to serve from Kansas in the U.S. Senate (1978-1997). Joan Finney was our first woman governor (1991-1995) as well as our first woman state treasurer (1975-1991). The list goes on and on... 

You can view this publication here. It includes Kansas women legislators and U.S. members of Congress from Kansas:

Women in Elected State Offices Kansas 1919-2021

A list of women and men Kansas legislators (1861-2021) with basic biographical information for many of them is online at:

Kansas Legislators Past and Present