Women of Color in Congress
Since 1964, more than 70 women of color have been elected to Congress.
- African-American Women in Congress
- Hispanic Women in Congress
- Asian and Pacific-Islander Women in Congress
Firsts for Women of Color
- There have been 13 Asian-Pacific-American women who have served in Congress. The first Asian-Pacific-American woman elected to Congress, Patsy Mink of Hawaii, won election to the House in 1964.
- There have been 47 African-American women who have served in Congress. The first African-American woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm of New York, won election to the House in 1968.
- There have been 20 Hispanic-American women who have served in Congress. The first Hispanic-American woman elected to Congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, won election to the House in 1989.
- The first woman of color elected to the Senate was Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois in 1992.
- The first woman of color elected to both chambers was Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii, who was elected to the United States Senate in 2012.