Who was the first woman to be on the cabinet?
Franklin Roosevelt was the first President to appoint a woman to his cabinet. In 1933 he appointed Frances Perkins to be Secretary of Labor. (The next president to appoint a women to his cabinet was Dwight Eisenhower in 1953.) Before that, she was appointed by FDR as New York's industrial commissioner when he was still the governor. She gained much respect in as a result of leading progressive reform and championing minimum wages and unemployment…
The first woman to be elected to the Parliament of Canada was Agnes McPahil. She stayed in Parliament for 19 years, she was the only woman in the House of Commons, she was one of the famous five, which helped appoint a woman senator, and fought for suffrage for women. Mackenzie King offered her a position in his cabinet to join his political party.