UNLADYLIKE2020 was recently awarded a grant from Humanities Montana to research and begin production of our episode about women's rights advocate-- and the first woman to hold federal office in the U.S— Congresswoman Jeannette Pickering Rankin. See below for more about her, and her incredible life:
Jeannette Pickering Rankin (1880-1973) was a prominent member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and became involved in the turn-of-the-century peace movement, helping establish the Women’s Peace Party. In 1917, Rankin decided to run for election to the U.S. House of Representatives for her home state of Montana, which had only one congressional district at the time because of its small population. She won the election, and at age thirty-six became the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. She served two non-consecutive terms, and was the only member of Congress to vote against U.S. participation in both World War I and World War II.