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Jeannette Rankin: The Woman Who Voted No

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): Social Studies
Length: 00:29:01
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In 1916, Montana voters sent Jeannette Rankin to the U.S. Congress, making her the first woman ever elected to national office. She came to national attention when she voted against American entry into the First World War, saying, "I want to stand by my country, but I cannot vote for war." She did not return to office in 1918 and instead worked for several peace groups throughout the '20s and '30s. She was reelected to Congress in 1940 and was again faced with the declaration of war. She remained true to her conscience and cast the only opposing vote. Her choice ended her political career. This program chronicles her life as a prominent speaker, lobbyist and grassroots suffragist organizer.



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