Soledad Chávez de Chacón (Albuquerque, New Mexico) 1923

Soledad Chávez de Chacón was a political pioneer and trailblazer. She was born on August 10th, 1890 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chacon was the first woman elected to be the Secretary of State of New Mexico in 1922. This was two years after the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. This election victory also made her the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office in the United States. She was the New Mexico Secretary of State from 1923-24, the Acting Governor in 1924 from June 21st to July 5th, the Secretary of State again from 1925-26, and the NM State Representative from 1935-36, until her death on August 4th, 1936.


-Written by Lucien Mensah