Jeannette Rankin

by | Oct 4, 2023 | Just A Minute

In 1916, Jeannnette Rankin made history as the first woman elected to the US Congress. This historic accomplishment is even more remarkable, considering her victory occurred four years before women had the right to vote nationally. A determined suffragist, Rankin helped women in her home state of Montana win the vote, and introduced what later became the 19th amendment to secure suffrage for women nationwide. She served two non-consecutive terms, and as a lifelong pacifist was the only member of congress to vote against US participation in both WW1 and WW2. Throughout a career that spanned more than 6 decades Jeannette Rankin worked tirelessly to ensure better working conditions for laborers across America, and to improve health care for women and infants. Fundamentally, Jeannette Rankin was a pathbreaker. Before she died in 1973, she reflected on her life, saying, “If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier.