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A Nasty Woman: "If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier." Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to congress. A lifelong pacifist, she opposed the war declaration of 1917, and voted against declaring war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Rankin was also instrumental in initiating the legislation that eventually became the 19th Constitutional Amendment, granting unrestricted voting rights to women.

from The New Yorker

Has Anything Changed for Female Politicians?

HAS ANYTHING CHANGED FOR FEMALE POLITICIANS? Familiar echoes in the candidacy of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress.

In 1917, Jeannette Rankin took her seat as the first female member of U.S. Congress. Learn more with /makerswomen/.

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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.

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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.

from The Huffington Post

The U.S. Elected The First Woman To Congress 100 Years Ago

The U.S. Elected The First Woman To Congress 100 Years Ago. The people of Montana elected Jeannette Rankin (R) to the House of Representatives on Nov. 7, 1916.