Profession: 1st Woman Elected to Congress
Why Famous: 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".
- 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