Jeannette Rankin's First Speech in Washington. She was the first woman elected to Congress. She represented her district in Montana.

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Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was the first woman in the US Congress. A Republican, she was elected statewide in Montana in 1916 and again in 1940.

“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

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Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress and her work helped give women the right to vote. Learn more at Biography.com.

Profile of 1st woman elected to congress Jeannette Rankin with biographical facts, historical events and Jeannette Rankin's married life.

Jeannette Rankin 1880-1973 Jeannette Rankin’s life was filled with extraordinary achievements: she was the first woman elected to Congress, one of the few suffragists elected to Congress, and the only Member of Congress to vote against U.S. participation in both World War I and World War II. “I may be the first woman member of Congress,” she observed upon her election in 1916. “But I won’t be the last.”

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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.

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