Connecticut Order of Women Legislators (OWLS)

Julia McClune Emery of Stamford, Connecticut founded the Connecticut Order of Women Legislators (OWLS) in 1927.

She was at the time serving in the House of Representatives (1925-1930) and believed women needed to unite in order to have their voices heard in the General Assembly.

1927 Photo of Connecticut Order of Women Legislators

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The order was the first formal organization of female lawmakers in the nation.

Ms. Emery also founded the National Order of Women Legislators in 1938.

Since then five Connecticut women have served as the President of the National Order.

The Connecticut Order amended its bylaws in 1988 to admit men.