On this day in history, Republican Jeannette Rankin was elected as the first woman in Congress, in 1917.
According to Wikipedia, Jeannette was born to a schoolteacher and an immigrant carpenter and rancher. She was a lifelong pacifist whose brother helped kick-start her first campaign in 1916. Jeannette had tried her hand at many different titles but was always a stand up woman who spoke her mind, fought for women’s rights and peace rather than war. Winning her campaign in 1916 with a landslide of over 7,500 more votes than her opponent she declared that, “I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last.”
November 7, 1917 she was elected to Montana’s at-large seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first female member of Congress. “If I am remembered for no other act,” Rankin said, “I want to be remembered as the only woman who ever voted to give women the right to vote.”
In 2004, a play titled A Single Woman was produced based on the life of Jeannette Rankin. In 2008, it was adapted into a film by the same name and screened at the Santa Fe Music Festival.
The power of the internet. Isn’t it a glorious thing? The things you can learn here are simply phenomenal. I wonder if A Single Woman has become a book as well so that I may read up on her life. She sounds like she was quite an extraordinary woman, and her face reminds me of a Roman goddess. Well, I should get back to my knitting. Hope to see you again tomorrow to see what Sketch A Day may help me conjure up. Much love to ewe!