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Grasso, Ella Tambussi (10 May 1919–05 February 1981), state and federal legislator and governor of Connecticut, was born in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, near Hartford, the daughter of Giacomo Tambussi, a baker, and Maria Oliva. The daughter of Italian immigrant parents, she graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 1940 and then two years later earned an M.A. in sociology and economics from the same institution. She was fluent in Italian and proud of her working-class heritage. Also in 1942 she married Thomas Grasso, a schoolteacher, and they had two children....


Anna Arnold Hedgeman. Oil on canvas, 1945, by Betsy Graves Reyneau. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Harmon Foundation.


Hedgeman, Anna Arnold (05 July 1899–17 January 1990), educator, policy consultant, and political activist, was born Anna Marie Arnold in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter and eldest child of William James Arnold II, an entrepreneur, and Marie Ellen Parker Arnold. The Arnolds subsequently moved to Anoka, Minnesota, becoming the only black family in that town. Young Anna graduated from high school in 1918 and went on to attend Hamline University in nearby Saint Paul, becoming the college's first black graduate in 1922....


Mankin, Helen Douglas (11 September 1894–25 July 1956), lawyer and legislator, was born Helen Douglas in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Hamilton Douglas and Corinne Williams, lawyers and educators. Mankin’s parents had earned law degrees together at the University of Michigan and then moved to Atlanta, where Mankin’s father practiced law and helped found Atlanta Law School. Denied admission to the Georgia bar because of her sex, Corinne Douglas became a teacher and a pioneer in the education of women....