Kathryn Morrison, the first woman to be elected to the Wisconsin State Senate, died on Sunday in Fitchburg. She was 71.
Although Morrison served only one term in the legislature, she helped pass several significant bills that increased the economic rights of women.
Morrison was elected as a Democrat to the 17th Senate District in 1975 when she was an economics professor at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She took office as the first woman in the state’s upper chamber at a time when the Democrats were in power for the first time in 82 years.