Jeannette Rankin, first woman in Congress, elected by the State of Montana in 1917.

Jeannette Rankin: First Woman Elected to Congress

Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin  Women's Rights Activist, U.S. Representative (1880–1973)  Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. She helped pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and was a committed pacifist.

Jeannette Rankin Women's Rights Activist, U.S. Representative (1880–1973) Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. She helped pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and was a committed pacifist.

..The first woman elected to the US Congress, Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin... a woman of peace, integrity, and great courage. [OF COURSE, she was from Wyoming!] Read more about her.

..The first woman elected to the US Congress, Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin... a woman of peace, integrity, and great courage. [OF COURSE, she was from Wyoming!] Read more about her.

Jeanette Rankin could not vote, but she could be a member of Congress. Two years before the 19th Amendment, she was sworn in as a member of the 65th Congress.

Jeanette Rankin could not vote, but she could be a member of Congress. Two years before the 19th Amendment, she was sworn in as a member of the 65th Congress.

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older across the U.S. to build better lives through college completion.

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older across the U.S. to build better lives through college completion.

100 years ago, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress

Today We Honor the Only Woman Who Ever Voted to Give U.S. Women the Right to Vote

100 years ago, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress

Nov. 7, 1916 - FIRST WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress, winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nov. 7, 1916 - FIRST WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress, winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. She helped pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and was a committed pacifist.

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. She helped pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and was a committed pacifist.

The first US congresswoman (representing her native Montana) could vote for herself in 1916 but not for a presidential candidate. Jeannette Rankin lost her next run after opposing America's entry into WWI. Her continued pacifism led to a 2nd term in 1940; she thereupon became the lone legislator to vote against declaring war on Japan after Pearl Harbor.

The first US congresswoman (representing her native Montana) could vote for herself in 1916 but not for a presidential candidate. Jeannette Rankin lost her next run after opposing America's entry into WWI. Her continued pacifism led to a 2nd term in 1940; she thereupon became the lone legislator to vote against declaring war on Japan after Pearl Harbor.

Jeannette Rankin was the only member of Congress to vote against the U.S. entering World War I and World War II.

Jeannette Rankin was the only member of Congress to vote against the U.S. entering World War I and World War II.

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. - Jeannette Rankin

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake. - Jeannette Rankin

In 1917, Jeannette Rankin took her seat as the first female member of U.S. Congress.  Learn more with @MAKERS: The Women Who Make America.

In 1917, Jeannette Rankin took her seat as the first female member of U.S. Congress. Learn more with @MAKERS: The Women Who Make America.

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