SkADaMo ~ Day 7

A caricature portrait of the first woman in US Congress, Jeannette Rankin.

A caricature portrait of the first woman in US Congress, Jeannette Rankin.

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!

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