On March 4th, 1917, Jeanette Rankin took her seat as the first female member of congress! Rankin first found her political calling in the suffrage movement and successfully won her big for representative for Montana in 1916 at a time when women couldn’t vote in most states (Montana granted women the right to vote in 1914). According to Bio, “an ardent pacifist, Rankin voted against the United States entering World War I. During the war, she fought for the rights of women working in the war effort. Rankin also created women’s rights legislation and helped pass the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Congress, granting women the right to vote.” Let’s all take a moment today to remember this impressive lady.
Today in Ladies’ History: First Lady Takes Her Seat in Congress