News Releases - March 2021

Grace M. Sloan: A Service of Prudence, Fidelity and Vigilance

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I’d like to remember one of the women who shattered the glass ceiling in Pennsylvania politics.

Grace McCalmont Sloan decided to run for state treasurer in 1960. She faced an uphill battle, to put it mildly: More than 50 people had served as treasurer of the Commonwealth, and every one of them had been a man. In fact, before Sloan, Pennsylvania had only seen one woman hold any statewide elected office – Genevieve Blatt, who was elected to the since-eliminated position of Secretary of Internal Affairs in 1954 and reelected in 1958 and 1962.