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CAN SHE KEEP MIAMI BEACH ABOVE THE RISING SEA?

January 16, 2019

OZY Susanne Torriente didn’t discover her life’s passion on a Florida beach, embraced by blue-green waters. Her epiphany happened in one of the least glorious settings possible: the halls of county government. It was 2008. Miami-Dade County had hired an expert to help the area adapt to a changing environment. The problem was no one…

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Kate V. Wofford (1894-1954)

January 7, 2019

First woman elected to public office in SC. She wrote the book “Modern Education in the Small Rural School.”

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Juanita Willmon-Goggins (1934-2010)

January 7, 2019

As a graduate of SC State University, University of South Carolina, and Winthrop University Ms. Willmon-Goggins became the first African-American woman to be elected to the SC General Assembly. Born in Pendleton, SC she would also become the first African-American woman to serve on the United States Civil Rights Commission. To add to her list…

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Elizabeth Hawley GasqueVan Exem (1886-1989)

January 7, 2019

A native of Blythewood, SC, Mrs. Gasque became the first woman in the US Congress from South Carolina after her husband’s death in 1939. She graduated from Greenville Female College in 1907. After her husband’s death she was elected to fill the position in Congress as a Democrat. She was not reelected but became an…

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Nancy Stevenson(1929-2001)

January 7, 2019

Ms. Stevenson was South Carolina’s first woman lieutenant governor serving from 1979-1983. Once she graduated from Smith College, Stevenson became a reporter for the New York-Herald Tribune. Later she became a state representative from Charleston and finally served as the first and only female lieutenant governor.  

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Lena Springs (1883-1942)

January 7, 2019

Once women achieved the right to vote in 1920 Lena Springs, from Lancaster, SC, became the first women nominated for Vice-President of the United States in 1924. She had been a suffragist since WWI and had worked with the Red Cross, been a chairwoman in the English Department at Queens College in Charlotte, and was…

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Anita Pollitzer(1894-1975)

January 7, 2019

As a native of Charleston, Pollitzer was an activist for women’s suffrage. She attended Columbia University and after graduation she became the national secretary of the National Woman’s Party. Pollitzer was the youngest officer and the youngest lobbyist in the National Women’s Party as well as a key member of the party to help pass…

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Janie Glymph Goree (1921-2009 )

January 7, 2019

South Carolina’s first African-American female mayor was Janie Glymph Goree. Born in Newberry County to a family of 11, she worked hard in order to receive an education. She had to attend multiple high schools and despite admission, could not afford to attend South Carolina College. After earning enough money to pay for school, she…

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Maggie Wallace Glover (1948- )

Maggie Glover was the first African-American woman to be elected to the SC State Senate. Born in Florence, Glover graduated from Fayetteville State University and received her Masters in Education from Francis Marion College. She was elected to the state senate in 1993 and was previously a member of the House of Representatives from 1989-1992.

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Mary Gordon Ellis (1890-1934)

As a native of Gourdin, South Carolina, Mary Gordon Ellis moved to Rock Hill to attend Winthrop College and to become an educator. After becoming a teacher and principal in the Jasper County School System, she became the first woman superintendent in 1924. She hired a black woman to oversee black children in the school…

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