Alice Mary Robertson – First Woman to Preside Over the House

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(Credit: Library of Congress)

June 20, 2018, will mark the 97th year anniversary of a woman first presiding over a hearing of the House of Representatives. Alice Mary Robertson was only the second woman to be elected to Congress in an age when women were still considered as second class citizens by many elements of society. She was a self-made social activist, public servant, and business owner who wasn’t afraid to take a stand.