Pioneers and Public Officials
In Scranton, women ran for office long before they could participate in elections themselves. Rebecca Hill and Mary Fay were successfully elected to the Scranton School Board in 1917, while Anna Branda's 1906 mayoral campaign and Catherine Gearhart's 1914 city council bid fell short.
Marion Margery Scranton was a force in Republican politics, moving from suffragist and advocate to national committeewoman.
Marion Munley was the first women from Lackawanna County to hold state office; she served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 18 years.
Most recently, women have been elected as judge, Lackawanna County commissioner, and Mayor of Scranton. Even Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee from a major party, can trace her roots to Scranton.