TODAY IN HISTORY…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEANETTE RANKIN
On June 11, 1880, Jeanette Rankin was born in what was then the Montana Territory. At a young age, as the oldest of six children working side by side with her parents on the family ranch, she often noted that while women shared an equal amount of work, both in time and the intensity of the labor, with men, in politics they had no voice and she sought to change that.
She was elected twice to serve Montana as a US Representative as a Republican, first in 1916 (four years before women gained the right to vote nationwide) and again in 1940. Her 1916 election marked the first time a woman was elected to a federal office, and while serving she proposed the articles that would eventually become the 19th Amendment, giving women the univeral right to vote in the US.
Also notable is that both of her terms happened to fall at the beginnings of both World War I and World War II. She was one of 50 members of Congress to vote against the declaration of war in 1917, and the lone no vote against declaring war in World War II.
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