America’s first presidential election is held. On this date at the opening of the 91st Congress (1969–1971), Shirley Anita Chisholm of New York became the first African-American Congresswoman. California has sent 39 women to Congress -- more than any other state. She served as San Francisco’s first female district attorney and was California's first woman of colour to be elected attorney general. There are several villages that helped raise Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is now the first Black woman, Asian American, HBCU graduate, daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants to be elected vice president of the United States. Voters cast ballots to choose state electors; only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. Susanna Madora Salter (née Kinsey; March 2, 1860 – March 17, 1961) was a U.S. politician and activist. She was elected Sheriff/Tax Assessor/ Collector of Loving County in 1944 and took office January 1, 1945. On November 7, 1916, Montana suffragist Jeannette Rankin is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.She is the first woman in the history of the nation to win a … Elected prime minister of Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, in 1960, Bandaranaike was the first woman to be elected head of a government in the modern world.She had … Joseph R. Biden Jr. addressed the nation for the first time as president-elect, saying, “This is the time to heal in America.” Kamala Harris is the first woman elected vice president. First African-American woman elected to the Senate: Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois in 1992. Her background in criminal justice could help a Biden administration tackle the issues of racial equality and policing after the country was swept by protests this year, despite criticism by the left. She was the first woman ever elected to U.S. national office. A vice president-elect stepped forward on Saturday, and, for the first time in American history, she was not a man. Trained as a school teacher, Chisholm served two terms in the New York state legislature before winning election in November 1968 to a newly created congressional district in Brooklyn. She served as mayor of Argonia, Kansas, becoming the Loving County folks claim that Edna was the first woman to be elected sheriff in Texas. The California senator continues to break down more barriers, as America's first female vice president, first Black vice president, and first Asian American vice president.