A Woman to Know: Jeannette Rankin
|Julia Carpenter||May 27, 2016|
I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won't be the last. — Jeannette
(image via Library of Congress)
A full century ago, Jeannette Rankin won her House seat in Montana — before women even had the right to vote. As the first woman to hold Congressional office (Let me repeat: the FIRST), she wasted no time advancing women's suffrage on the national agenda. She was most proud of the 19th amendment, which she helped pass in 1920.
Jeannette was a passionate pacifist, voting against both World Wars and multiple military actions during her two terms. In 1941, she was the only member of Congress to vote against taking military action after Pearl Harbor. Let me repeat: the only vote.
"Probably a hundred men in Congress would have liked to do what she did," he wrote, "But not one of them had the courage to do it."
Brief newsletter announcement: I am headed to Jeannette's Big Sky Country for a whole week of vacay — so look out for the next edition to hit your inboxes when I return, June 6!
Add to your library list:
Jeannette Rankin: Bright Star in the Big Sky (Mary Barmeyer O'Brien)
Jeannette Rankin: A Political Woman (James L. Lopach and Jean A. Luckowski)
Jeannette Rankin: America's Conscience (Norma Smith)
Beyond Schoolmarms and Madames: Montana Women's Lives (Martha Kohl)
Remembering Rankin (The New York Times)
America Elected Its First Female Senator (Smithsonian Magazine)
Jeannette Rankin's history-making moment (National Constitution Center)
Jeannette Rankin and the path to women's suffrage in Montana (Billings Gazette)
Ex-Representative, First Woman in Congress, 92 Dies (The New York Times)
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