Almost a century ago, the first woman was elected to the US Congress. It was in 1917 that pacifist Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was chosen to represent the state of Montana in the House of Representatives. When you read what she has to say, you’ll see that women have been saying the a lot of the same things ever since then. To find out more about her chick HERE.
Jeannette Rankin Quotes:
• We’re half the people; we should be half the Congress.
• Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn’t make sense not to use both.
• You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.
• The individual woman is required . . . a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition.
• As a woman, I can’t go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else.
• If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier.
Sadly, and incredibly, Montana has yet to elect another female to congress. And four states have yet to elect a woman to either the House or the Senate. For a list of women legislators by state click HERE.