An Interview with Margaret Chase Smith

An Interview with Margaret Chase Smith

Margaret Chase Smith FW07352 / FC 7352

Senator Margaret Chase Smith (Republican-Maine), the first woman to ever serve in both the House and the Senate, talks to Howard Langer about life in the Senate, women in politics, and her decision-making process for votes. At the time of the interview, Sen. Smith was the only woman in the Senate, and she notes several “free services and facilities” provided only to male senators. Sen. Smith puts a positive spin on the unequal treatment, though. “I like it this way because it establishes beyond the slightest doubt that I am the most economical member of the Senate; I cost the taxpayers less than any of the other 95 men senators,” she said. Liner notes include a transcription of the interview and a teaching guide.

Year Released 1958
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1958 Folkways Records
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Instructional; Music--Juvenile; Spoken word; United States History

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101 Introduction Margaret Chase Smith 3:21
102 Women in National Politics Margaret Chase Smith 2:05
103 Working Day-Year Margaret Chase Smith 3:20
104 Senator's Mail Margaret Chase Smith 1:38
201 Voting on Bills Margaret Chase Smith 3:00
202 Women in Local Politics Margaret Chase Smith 1:14
203 Legislation Margaret Chase Smith 0:49
204 Young People and Education Margaret Chase Smith 1:31
205 For Young People Margaret Chase Smith 0:51
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