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 elected to the U. S. Congress in 1916. With her hard work and determination she was able to vote on the 19th amendment which gave women the freedom to vote in the United States. It was also during her House term in 1941, she served with six other women members who carefully avoided making an issue of their gender. She went on to agree with one of her colleague’s famous comment, “I’m no lady. I’m a member of Congress.”
Even after the passing of Jeannette Rankin in 1973, the number of women in the House of Representatives was beginning to grow in a tremendous amount so then women were getting more representation in the United States government. Jeanette was able to use her voice and action to stand up for women’s rights and to start a change of having women being able to vote and be representatives in Congress.
To learn more about Jeannette Rankin, visit our history page: https://rankinfoundation.org/about/history