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McHistory: Illinois' First Female State Senator

Florence Fifer Bohrer
McLean County Museum of History
Florence Fifer Bohrer of Bloomington was the first woman to serve in the Illinois State Senate, serving from 1925 to 1933. This undated photo shows her in her Senate office.

In the decade after women's suffrage, leaders of the female empowerment movement were eager to become more involved in governmental affairs.

This episode of McHistory honors Illinois' first female state senator, and the inspiration for the McLean County League of Women Voters.

WGLT's Mary Cullen produced this episode of McHistory, featuring Bill Kemp and Candace Summers of the McLean County Museum of History.

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