Jeannette Rankin

America's First Congresswoman

Jeannette Rankin

America's First Congresswoman

On a cold, wintry day in January 1968, Jeannette Rankin led thousands of women on a march in protest of the Vietnam War. Rankin was 86 years old at the time, and her words and actions made national news.

Although not a household name now or then, Jeannette Rankin was one of the most accomplished women in U.S. history in the 20th century. She was a hero to many, loved and honored. To others, she was controversial, even a traitor to some. 

Rankin's independent streak was clear as a young teen, as she helped her parents work their Montana ranch. By 25, she was a social worker helping the poor. By 32, she was a leading suffragette, helping women get the right to vote. By 36, she became the first woman elected to the United States Congress. For 50 years, she was a leading pacifist, speaking out against war. She is the only politician in U.S. history to vote against the U.S. involvement in both WW I and WW II. You could say she was a woman 100 years ahead of her time. She stood up for what she believed in - until the day she died.

This inspiring biography, with more than 60 historic photographs, will be available Feb. 1, 2019.

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