On november 7, 1916, jeannette rankin of montana broke the glass ceiling for female politicians, becoming not only the first woman elected to the us congress, but also the first woman elected to the national legislature of any modern, independent democracy. Jeannette rankin, the feminist and pacifist who became the first woman elected to congress, voted against entry into world war i and ii. History seldom repeats itself with the cruel symmetry it conferred on jeannette rankin elected to congress in 1917, the republican from montana was the first woman to sit amid the spittoons and cigar smoke in that venerable, leatherbound all‐male club woman suffrage had been won only in some of. Jeannette rankin of missoula, montana, was the first woman elected to the us house of representatives unsurprisingly, her election made headlines across the country. Npr coverage of jeannette rankin: political pioneer by gretchen woelfle news, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
The day after japan launched its brazen, epoch-defining assault on pearl harbor, american legislators voted for war almost unanimously there was only one congressional dissenter: jeannette rankin, a montana republican and a committed pacifist who had also voted against world war i when her. We ought to know that you cannot settle a dispute by violence jeannette rankin was born in missoula, montana 11 june, 1880 she served as the first woman in the house of representatives in the 65 th session of congress from 1917 - 1919 she said that she was the first woman to be elected, but she would not be last. View the profiles of people named jeannette rankin join facebook to connect with jeannette rankin and others you may know facebook gives people the. Being the first of something means being alone in some respects jeannette rankin knew that very well.
The eldest child of a montana rancher and a schoolteacher, jeannette rankin would cast a vote in congress for peace before most american women could vote in the rest of the country. On nov 7, 1916, montana elected jeannette rankin to the house of representatives what did it take to get her into office.
Jeannette rankin was the first woman ever elected to the us congress, and a native of missoula, montana she was elected in 1916, before women nationwide had the right to vote. This excerpt from one woman against the war: the jeannette rankin story, tells of the protest march in washington, dc, in january 1968. Collection description biographical note jeannette rankin was the first woman elected to the us house of representatives and was a notable activist for peace and women's suffrage.
Jeannette rankin passed away in carmel, ca, california the obituary was featured in san francisco chronicle on june 10, 2017.
Jeannette rankin: political pioneer [gretchen woelfle] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers jeannette rankin, born on the montana frontier in 1880, lived long enough to speak her mind on national television in the 1970s as the oldest of seven children. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. This statue of jeannette rankin was given to the national statuary hall collection by montana in 1985 rankin was born in 1880 and died in 1973 she was the first woman elected to the us house of representatives. No history of american representative government could properly be written without a major reference to representative jeannette rankinthe montana republican carries the distinction of being the first woman elected to the us congress.