WOMAN of ACTION – Jeannette Rankin

A Celebration of Women

is inspired today to share this Tribute,

to the memory of a Woman that worked the Peace Principals of what our United Nations does today,

only she did her work as a Leader among Women, long ago in the years of the early 1900’s.

Famous for:

I,m No Lady, I’m a Member of Congress….”

Join us in the Celebration of this Life!

WOMAN of ACTION

An original UN Woman…..an Activist Peacekeeper ahead of her times.

Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin was born near Missoula, Montana, on June 11, 1880. In 1902, she graduated from the University of Montana, and soon after, she attended the New York School of Philanthropy. In 1909, she decided on a career in social work and moved to Seattle, Washington. Then, from 1909 to 1914, she campaigned in Washington, California, and Montana for women’s suffrage. In 1914, she became the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s legislative secretary.

In 1916, Jeannette became the first woman to become elected into the House of Representatives. There, she introduced a bill that gave women independent citizenship and hygiene instruction during maternity and their children’s infancy. However, it did not pass. Then, in 1917, she voted against declaring war on Germany. This gave her great unpopularity and she ended up losing her seat in the House in 1918.

In 1940, Jeannette won a seat in the House once more by running on an antiwar platform. However, once more she stimulated her unpopularity by voting against declaring war on Japan after Pearl Harbor was harmed (and the only person to vote against the declaration of war, I might add).

She cast the only vote against entry into WW II after President Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy Speech”. Steadfastly she remained active in peace movements during the Vietnam Era, participating in the “Jeannette Rankin Brigade” march in Washington on January 15, 1968.

Although Jeannette lost politically, she participated in the National Consumer’s League and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, among others. In the 1960’s, she established a homestead for women in Georgia and also participated in the antiwar effort against the Vietnam War. When she was 87 years old, on January 15, 1968, she led over 5,000 women, the “Jeannette Rankin Brigade,” to oppose Indochina’s hostilities at the bottom of Capitol Hill.

Jeannette died in Carmel, California, on May 18, 1973, a great antiwar activist.

A Celebration of Women

sends our blessings to her memory

and prayer for the spirit of this Amazing Activist, and Empowered Woman. May Your Spirit Guide the Women of our World….

Brava Jeanette!

Comments

  1. I think he is a very great Heroine! She was elected as a representative!

  2. Thank you for your great job and such lovely soul. We will never forget the first woman to become elected into the House of Representatives. Bravo Jeannette Rankin!

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