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Rep. Ruben Gallego Honors Women's History Month and former Congresswoman Isabella Greenway

March 3, 2016

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today as part of Women’s History Month to recognize and celebrate the life of Isabella Greenway, the first female member of Congress from Arizona.

Congresswoman Greenway was a trailblazer, social activist, and dedicated public servant.

She worked tirelessly to serve the people of Arizona and the nation through the difficult years of the Great Depression.

Congresswoman Greenway was particularly committed to ensuring that those who served their nation in the First World War were taken care after they returned home.

Following the war, she opened Arizona Hut, a furniture manufacturer focused on employing disabled veterans and their families.

During her time in Congress, she was known for her willingness to fight for the rights of veterans, including acting as a vocal defender of veterans’ pensions and introducing legislation to expand the VA in Arizona. 

Congresswoman Greenway was an inspiration for women in our state and throughout our country. She refused to be limited or defined by her gender, instead devoting her life to serving and protecting the most vulnerable members of our society.

I hope my colleagues will join with me in honoring the lasting legacy of Isabella Greenway.

Thank you and I yield back.