Library of Congress
February 25, 2013
Luce was a playwright, novelist, U.S. Congresswoman, and ambassador, according to the Hartford Courant. As a writer, she is best known for her 1936 play, The Women, which had an all-female cast. In 1942, Luce won a Republican seat in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Connecticut's Fourth Congressional District. After the accidental death of her only daughter, Luce decided not to seek a third term in Congress. But she gave her support to Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential campaign in 1952. After his election, Luce was offered the post of Secretary of Labor, which she declined. Subsequently, she was named Ambassador to Italy and became the first female ambassador to a major country for the U.S.