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Margaret Chase Smith

For more than three decades, Margaret Chase Smith served as a role model for women aspiring to national politics. Margaret carefully managed and cultivated a career as an independent legislator. She believed in the politics of conscience, not partisanship.

 

In a courageous move, which nearly ruined her, she would be the first person to bravely denounce the false sensationalism of Sen. Joe McCarthy's "Red Scare," which pitted American against American. Her act of conscience, in a time of fear and ignorance, forever changed the course of American politics. 

 

She was born in the obscure mill town of Skowhegan, Maine. From humble beginnings, she would rise to become one of the most prominent and respected political leaders of the 20th Century. Standing tall at just 5'2", Margaret became the first woman to win election to both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate. She would go on to be the first woman nominated to the Presidency by a major political party, and was instrumental in the creation of NASA, as well as paving the way for women to serve in the U.S. military. 

 

Though she believed firmly that women had a political role to assume, Margaret refused to make an issue of her gender in seeking higher office. "If we are to claim and win our rightful place in the sun on an equal basis with men," she once noted, "then we must not insist upon those privileges and prerogatives identified in the past as exclusively feminine."

 

While numerous screenplays and TV dramas crossed Margaret's desk before her death in 1995, she never allowed any to be produced during her life. This drama series, now brought to light, through factual research and political cooperation, is Margaret's intimate story.