Anti-War Congresswoman and Pacifist Jeannette Rankin

About the anti-war congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, history and biography of the pacifist.



Her Person: American legislator and peace advocate. Left a Montana ranch to work for woman's suffrage. Became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Republican. Voted against the declaration of war on Germany in 1917, the first vote ever cast on the issue of war by a female parliamentarian in the Western world. Cast the only vote in Congress against entering W.W. II. Proposed legislation against war profiteering, campaigned for peace and neutrality, and lobbied for the National Consumers' League. Shortly before her death, led the "Jeannette Rankin Brigade" of 5,000 women in a march on Washington to demand an end to the war in Vietnam.

Her Belief: "I want to stand by my country, but I cannot vote for war."

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