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July 27th, 2013
thesmithian

Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana and an ardent civil rights campaigner , has died at age 97. Boggs went to Congress after a special election to succeed her late husband, Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr….She served in the House for nearly two decades. She died of natural causes…according to her daughter, NPR senior news analyst/ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts…When Boggs announced her retirement in 1990, she was the only white person representing a black-majority district in Congress…

more. plus one of her first plans of action was helping women to get credit cards (and loans) without a husband’s permission.

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