|A Woman in the Senate|
Rebecca Felton championed women’s rights as a charter member of the National Women’s Party. For 30 years she wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal and became known as the “grand ol’ lady” of Georgia. On October 3, 1922, Felton became the first female senator when she was appointed to a vacant seat by Georgia’s governor. She took the oath in open session on November 21 and delivered a single speech, then relinquished the seat to her duly elected successor the next day. "When the women of the country come in and sit with you,” Felton proclaimed, “you will get ability, you will get integrity..., and you will get unstinted usefulness."