Jeannette Rankin


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Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was the first woman in the United States Congress. A Republican, she was elected statewide in Montana in 1916 and again in 1940. A lifelong pacifist, she was one of the 50 members of Congress who voted against the entry of the United States into World War I in 1917 and the only member of Congress who voted against declaring war after the ... more »

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  • ''You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.''
    Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973), U.S. suffragist, politician. Quoted in Hannah Josephson, Jeanette Rankin: First Lady in Congress, ch. 8 (1974).
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