- Nikki Haley
Known Best For: US Ambassador to the United Nations
One of the most well known, and arguably popular female conservatives in our current climate, Haley has shown herself a force to be reckoned with. She happens to be personable, family oriented and kind, but also immensely intelligent, forceful and stubborn. In her time in the United Nations, Haley stood up for the United States and shone a spotlight on issues such as sexual abuse within the organisation.
Her Main Moment: THAT iconic hand raise in the UN assembly chambers in favour of recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
- Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Known Best For: US Secretary State
Born in Bull O’Connor, Birmingham, Dr. Rice was a classmate of one of the girls murdered in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963. Discriminated against as an African-American female, she worked her way up through elite universities to become one of the most influential and important voices in America. Extremely educated and intelligent, Dr. Rice shows poise and grace without arrogance.
Her Main Moment: Helping towards a ceasefire in the Israel-Lebanon conflict, something that helped save lives.
- Margaret Chase Smith
Known Best For: First woman to be a nominee for a major political party.
She took over the congressional seat of her ailing husband. Instead of finishing his term, Smith continued her political career by winning a Senate seat. Though she supported anti-communist efforts, she was a vocal anti-McCarthyite who believed he lacked evidence and was leading a major witch hunt. In 1964, she ran for president and refused to take her name off the ballot to allow Barry Goldwater a unanimous nomination. During the 60s and onwards, Smith supported the Civil Rights Movement.
Her Main Moment: Contributing to putting a man on the moon, of which she was an apparently essential part of the campaign.
- Clare Boothe Luce
Known Best For: First female ambassador
Dressed in pearls and wearing curls, Luce was both an excellent politician and brilliant writer. An early suffragette, anti-communist and anti-imperialist, she was initially a Roosevelt Democrat before turning to conservatism. A representative from Connecticut’s 4th district, she broke the glass ceiling when she became the Ambassador to Italy and, later, Brazil. Born in poverty, Luce worked hard and left behind a great legacy, especially a scholarship for women in technology.
Her Main Moment: Becoming an ambassador to a foreign country, a major diplomatic achievement.
- Margaret Thatcher
Known Best For: First female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Known as ‘The Iron Lady,’ Thatcher was born to a grocer and married a divorcé. Becoming an MP in the 1950s, she fought prejudices against women to become both Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister. As a daughter of the middle class, she stuck out against Etonians and elite-educated men in Parliament. A staunch conservative who changed politics away from the post- war consensus, she never backed down from a fight.
Her Main Moment: Attending the party conference after being nearly assassinated.
- Elaine Chao
Known Best For: Being in two presidential cabinets
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she arrived in the US at eight. After a successful business and banking career, she managed two full terms as Secretary of Labor under Bush 43. She returned in the Trump administration as Secretary of Transport. Breaking barriers as an Asian-American, Chao has proven herself a formidable Secretary, especially as she’s been asked back into cabinet.
Her Main Moment: Only cabinet member under Bush 43 to serve eight full years.
- Ludmya ‘Mia’ Love
Known Best For: First Black female Republican in Congress
A daughter of immigrants like others on this list, Love started a career in civic affairs before being elected Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. She ran for Utah’s 4th district in 2012, winning the seat two years later after being narrowly defeated the first time around. An extremely bright politician, Love showed a common touch that many Republicans lack and has put her golden touch on immigration reform.
Her Main Moment: Introducing a bill to prevent Congressional harassment claims being settled with taxpayer money.
- Sandra Day O’Connor
Known Best For: First lady Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Born to a family with no running water or electricity, O’Connor graduated from Stanford Law School at a time when most women would be unable to attend. She struggled to find work due to her gender, best exemplified when her classmate and friend William Rehnquist (later Chief Justice of SCOTUS) got to be a Supreme Court clerk whilst she had to work for no pay and share an office with a secretary. Working her way up, she entered the Supreme Court in 1981 and retired in 2006.
Her Main Moment: Being the first woman on the Supreme Court.
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