Eugenie M. Anderson (1909-1997) was the first woman appointed as a United States Ambassador. In 1949, President Truman selected Anderson to be the Ambassador to Denmark. She was the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from October 20, 1949 to January 19, 1953.
She had been involved in local and state politics leading up to her appointment by Truman. After a trip to Europe and seeing the Communist state of Germany, Anderson joined the Democratic Party on her return to Minnesota. Anderson, along with Hubert Humphrey (future U.S. Vice President), eliminated the Communist sections within the party. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party formed out of these efforts, the DFL is still a leading political party in Minnesota today. This political activity earned Anderson the Ambassador role.
U.S. Department of State, Women in Diplomacy.
U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian.
Binder, David, “Eugenie Anderson, 87, First Woman to Be U.S. Ambassador,” New York Times, April 3, 1997.
Photo via Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection.