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Jeannette Rankin

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin

Profession: 1st Woman Elected to Congress

United States of America

Biography: A prominent politician and women's rights advocate, Rankin became the first woman elected in U.S. Congress in 1916, and helped pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

As a lifelong pacifist, Rankin supported nonintervention and opposed America's involvement in both WWI and WWII.

Throughout a career that spanned more than six decades, Rankin championed causes for gender equality and civil rights.

Ranking has been described as "one of the most controversial and unique women in Montana and American political history".

Born: June 11, 1880
Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, USA
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: May 18, 1973 (aged 92)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Historical Events

  • 1916-11-07 Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Montana) is elected to Congress as its first woman Representative
  • 1917-04-02 Jeannette Rankin (Rep-R-Montana) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps

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