Talk:Ella T. Grasso
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In 1984, the Democratic establishment hit on the notion of having a woman be the candidate for Vice-President. Before Ferrarro became the consensus choice, about 6 women were widely discussed, and all (including Ferraro, because of relative inexperience -- her husband's troubles were not yet widely known) had significant drawbacks. I think it's better than even money that had Grasso still been alive and healthy, she would have been the candidate.
It is incorrect that Grasso was the first elected female governor. Ma Ferguson of Texas was elected twice, though she did succeed her husband.
First Woman Governor?
The previous (unsigned) comment raises a point of clarification. I'm a native of the same town that produced Ella Grasso, and grew into my teens during her rise to the Governor's Mansion. I have never heard any of the locals claim she was the first woman governor. We knew that wasn't true in 1974. The term that is almost always used in Connecticut, when discussing her place in history, is "the first woman elected governor in her own right." Which is to say that she did not rise to the office as a legacy from a deceased husband previously seated as governor. hdonagher (talk) 13:39, 22 March 2008 (UTC)
Mrs. Grasso’s cheerleaders always go with this awkward mouthful of words that she was the first woman elected governor “in her own right”.
It’s really annoying. Why can’t the article just say she was the forth woman governor instead of tying to stake out this convoluted “first” distinction? Grasso simply was not the first woman governor – period. Get over it.
- The facts are clear that Grasso was not the first female elected as governor in the US. She was the fourth. But that does not mean that her election was not historic. She was the first woman to be elected to that level without riding the coattails of her husband. This is a singular achievement in US history. I just made an edit to highlight this notable fact. And whatever anyone thinks of her performance is irrelevant to this fact.--Tdadamemd (talk) 14:35, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
Secretary of State
In 1958, she was not elected Connecticut's Secretary of State, because that office does not exist by that name in the state. In Connecticut, the office is called "Secretary of the State" as evidenced by the URL and title of the state's website for the office, http://www.sots.ct.gov. I have corrected the article to reflect this. hdonagher (talk) 13:23, 22 March 2008 (UTC)