The first woman to serve as a governor in the United States was Nellie Tayloe something. She had two last names.
The second one wasn't important.
Anyway. She was elected in 1924.
That's just four years after the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. That's pretty close to 1917, but I digress.
She took office in 1925 -- a full 50 years before a woman would be elected governor of Conneticut.
Woot! Woot! Suck it, Nutmeggers.