Politician from Arkansas who, in 1931, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, where she served until 1945. She was the first woman legislator to co-sponsor the Equal Rights Amendment.
She married Thaddeus H. Caraway in 1902, with the two settling in Arkansas, where he became a U.S. Senator.
After her husband's untimely death, she was appointed to take his Senate seat, and later that year she won a special election for a full six-year term, which she used to champion women's rights.
She had three sons with Thaddeus: Paul Wyatt, Forrest, Robert Easley.
She was opposed in her fight for women's rights by not only men, but also some women, including Phyllis Schlafly.