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Jeannette Rankin
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Happy birthday Congresswoman Rankin. Gone but not forgotten.
- MSB
 Added: Jun. 11, 2014
 

-Anonymous
 Added: Apr. 2, 2014
 

-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 11, 2013
 

-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 11, 2013
 
Jeannette Pickering Rankin: Madam, you will be known as the first woman in the United States Congress, elected in Montana in 1916 and again in 1940. After being elected in 1916 she said, "I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won't be the last." A lifelong pacifist, you were one of fifty members of Congress who voted against entry into World War I in 1917, and the only member of Congress who voted against declaring war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. You believed, with many suffragists of the period, that the corruption and dysfunction of the United States government was a result of a lack of feminine participation. As you said at a disarmament conference in the inter war period, "The peace problem is a woman's problem." On November 7th you were elected to Montana's at-large seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the first female member of Congress .During your term in the 65th Congress women did not have a universal suffrage, but many were voting in some form in about forty states, including Montana. "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." Just after your term began the House held a vote on whether to enter World War I. You cast one of fifty votes against the resolution, later saying, "I felt the first time the first woman had a chance to say no to war" you should say it." Some considered your vote to be a discredit to the suffragist movement and to your authority in Congress. But others, including Alice Paul of the National Woman's Party and Representative Fiorello La Guardia of New York, applauded. You were the only member of Congress to vote against entering WWII following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Hisses could be heard from the gallery when you cast the vote and several colleagues asked you to change it to make the war declaration unanimous, but you refused. "As a woman I can't go to war," you said, "and I refuse to send anyone else." After the vote an angry mob followed you, and you were forced to hide in a telephone booth and call congressional police to rescue you. Over the next twenty years, you traveled the world, frequently visiting India, where you studied the pacifist teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. In the 1960's and 1970's new waves of pacifists, feminists, and civil rights advocate idolized you and embraced her efforts in ways that her generation didn't. U.S. involvement in Vietnam mobilized you once again. In January 1968, you established the Jeannette Rankin Brigade and led five thousand marchers in Washington, D.C. to protest the war, culminating in the presentation of a peace petition to House Speaker John McCormack of Massachusetts. Since today is the 40th anniversary of your passing, you are a remarkable woman in US Congress' history and since your passing, there was a statue of you was placed in the United States Capitol's Statuary Hall in 1985. At the dedication, historian Joan Hoff-Wilson called you "one of the most controversial and unique women in Montana and American political history. A replica stands in Montana's capitol, and the words "I Cannot Vote For War" are carved into the bases of both.
- MFPS
 Added: May. 19, 2013
 
Thank you!
- Angela
 Added: Mar. 8, 2013
 
Blessed are the peacemakers for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Kevin James Morgan
 Added: Mar. 5, 2013
 

- Tom Cummings
 Added: Jan. 8, 2013
 
Representative Rankin, I salute you! Your leadership, integrity, and principled service to our republic established a standard which few have equalled, but sadly, none has surpassed. Your example, I pray, will serve to inspire generations of Americans yet unborn. May God bless you, and may God bless America! With respect and regard, I remain both in your debt, and at your service... "sine pari," — FARRIS, CPT, IN, USA, (R)
- George Paul Farris
 Added: Jul. 11, 2012
 

- Rose
 Added: May. 28, 2012
 

- Mark V.
 Added: May. 18, 2012
 

- Janis•E
 Added: May. 18, 2012
 

- Tom Cummings
 Added: Jan. 17, 2012
 

- Billie
 Added: Dec. 24, 2011
 

- Rhianna
 Added: Jul. 2, 2011
 

- Amorifera
 Added: May. 18, 2011
 

- Stacey
 Added: May. 17, 2011
 

- JustME.❤ ( Mellie )
 Added: May. 15, 2011
 

- J.A. & D.S.
 Added: Feb. 21, 2011
 

-Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 4, 2011
 

- Sarah Gruwell
 Added: Nov. 9, 2010
 

- Tundra
 Added: Aug. 22, 2010
 
PEACE
- purple-lady
 Added: Jun. 12, 2010
 
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- midnight
 Added: Jun. 4, 2010
 

- lisa greenman
 Added: May. 18, 2010
 

- LawBaby
 Added: May. 18, 2010
 

- Jen Snoots
 Added: Oct. 26, 2009
 

- Cookie
 Added: Oct. 26, 2009
 

- bastille
 Added: Oct. 26, 2009
 
It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in. And you did.
- stuart alfreds
 Added: Oct. 20, 2009
 

- PrairiePhoenix
 Added: Jun. 11, 2009
 

- purple-lady
 Added: May. 19, 2009
 

- LawBaby
 Added: May. 18, 2009
 

- Dave Reno
 Added: May. 18, 2009
 

- Sharon
 Added: May. 4, 2009
 

- Jim Pauk
 Added: Apr. 25, 2009
 

- J Spencer
 Added: Apr. 24, 2009
 

- Bill and Elaine Schrock
 Added: Feb. 20, 2009
 
My mother Ada Andrews of Saco, Montana, was an admirer of yours and introduced me to your life and your statue in the Montana State Capitol. Mom died age 105 in Seattle and is most likely trying to find you in the hereafter. Jim Moore PhD Harrison, Idaho.
- Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 12, 2008
 
Thank you for your dedication to peace. You lived a truly exemplary life.
- Tim C
 Added: Sep. 29, 2008
 

- Steve Perry
 Added: Jul. 19, 2008
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Jun. 11, 2008
 

- Lyn
 Added: May. 21, 2008
 

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: May. 18, 2008
 

- Jen Snoots
 Added: May. 15, 2008
 

- Sherry
 Added: Apr. 22, 2008
 

- Juel
 Added: Apr. 22, 2008
 

- Marcia Bollman Harris -homebodytwo
 Added: Apr. 21, 2008
 

- Irene LaCombe
 Added: Apr. 9, 2008
 

- Mary Jo C. Martin
 Added: Apr. 3, 2008
 
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