Selma native Hattie Hooker Wilkins was the first woman elected to the Alabama State Legislature. She joined the 1923 Alabama House of Representatives as a Democrat, expressing the belief that in a nation of men and women, government should represent both genders. She was a leading Alabama suffragist and, during her time in office, worked toward education and healthcare reform. Wilkins was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama