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Martha W. Griffiths tirelessly fought to give all women equal opportunities and equal treatment during her long and celebrated career as a politician, legislator, judge, congresswoman, and the first woman lieutenant governor of Michigan.
All I want to be is human and American and have all the same rights and I will shut up. Griffiths began her career speaking out on behalf of women with her participation on the Michigan State Legislature from to Congress where she served for twenty years. That one word has guarded all women against the threat of unequal treatment and discrimination because of their sex.
Griffiths also sponsored the Equal Rights Amendment and successfully guided its passage through the House of Representatives in She also served on the t Economic Committee where she spoke out vehemently on the need for public welfare reform in order to better assist widows and those with disabilities. Griffiths continued to pursue welfare reform even after her retirement from Congress in She established herself as a candidate of force and wit with over 42 years of experience with government issues.
That year, Griffiths was elected as the lieutenant governor of the state of Michigan, the first woman in history to be elected to the position. She was also the oldest lieutenant governor in the United States when she finished her service of two terms at the age of She used her position to fight sexual discrimination and won many important battles which have given all women a fighting chance at equality in society.
Martha Griffiths, Vertical Biography File. Library of Michigan.
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