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Politics

Ella Grasso's Life In Politics

Portrait of Ella Grasso
From the 2019 Connecticut State Register and Manual
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A portrait of Ella Grasso, taken when she was secretary of the state.

We look at the career of Ella Grasso. Known as the first woman in the country to be elected governor who did not follow her husband, and the person who led the state through the Blizzard of 1978.

She was also a state lawmaker, secretary of the state, and member of Congress from Connecticut, at a time when politics was mostly a man’s world.  

Guests:

  • Jon Purmont --  A history professor emeritus at Southern Connecticut State University, author of a biography about Grasso, and a member of her staff. 
  • Susan Bysiewicz -- Connecticut's lieutenant governor, who followed Grasso's path into state service and wrote about the Windsor Locks native.

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