Celebrating Jeannette

Happy #SuffrageSaturday! This month we are celebrating the life of Jeannette Rankin, in conjunction with her birthday on June 11. She was born in Missoula County, Montana and received her education from University of Montana and University of Washington. As a long time activist for women’s suffrage and children’s education, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman…

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Celebrating 100 Years of First Woman in Congress

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Jeannette Rankin becoming the first woman to hold a seat in Congress. On April 2, 1917, Jeanette took her oath as a U.S. Representative. Not only was Jeannette the first woman to hold a seat in Congress but, she was elected for this position four years before women nationally…

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A Chat with Founding Feminist Activists at UGA

When we walked into the room, we couldn’t help but smile at the sight of warm reunions amongst women who had not seen each other in years. More than 40 years had passed since they were spearheading feminist activism at the University of Georgia (UGA) in the 1960s and 1970s. This panel discussion hosted by…

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Remembering Jeannette Rankin

To kickoff Women’s History Month, we’d like to honor the hard-work and courage of our namesake, Jeannette Rankin. Elected to Congress in 1917, before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote nationally, Jeannette fought tirelessly for women’s rights. In January 1918, she opened the first House Floor debate on women’s suffrage, saying: “How…

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Remembering the Jeannette Rankin Brigade

In January 1968, at 87 years old, Jeannette Rankin led five thousand marchers through Washington, D.C. to protest the Vietnam War, culminating in the presentation of a peace petition to the House Speaker. Her legacy of strength, passion and determination live on through JRF scholars across the country.

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