Jeanette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress (on November 7, 1916) at a time when women lacked suffrage on a national level. While in office she did many things, her efforts included work on the 19th Amendment (ensuring a woman’s right to vote), giving married women citizenship separate from their husbands and legislation on government-sponsored instruction for pregnant and nursing women.
Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress. (R-Wisconsin) in 1916. Wisconsin women could vote although most women in the country could not. Voted NO when Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war in 1917.
“Women remind me of the cows on our ranch in Montana. A cow has a calf and after a while a man comes along and takes the calf away. She bawls for a while, then goes on and has another calf. If we had 10,000 women willing to go to prison, that would end the war. We’ve had 10,000 women sit back and let their sons be killed.” - Jeannette Rankin, Suffragette, Congresswoman, Pacifist, 1880-1973
Celebrity Birthdays on June 11 | Beloved actor Gene Wilder, 'Jackass' daredevil Ryan Dunn, famous football player and coach Vince Lombardi, French explorer Jacques Cousteau, first woman elected to the U.S. Congress Jeannette Rankin, and "Also Sprach Zarathustra" composer Richard Strauss were all born on this day in history.