Jeanette Rankin is one of my heroes. The first woman elected to Congress (from the state of Montana), Ms. Rankin voted against that obscenity that we call World War I, which cost her reelection. She ran again, on an antiwar platform, and was elected again to Congress in 1940. When entry into World War II came to a vote, she was the only one to vote against it. She stated “As a woman, I can’t go to war and I refuse to send anyone else.”
In spite of losing another reelection bid, Ms. Rankin continued her efforts to help other women and helped the antiwar movement in the 1960’s. She established the Jeanette Rankin Brigade in 1968 and led thousands of marchers in Washington D.C.
We found this statue, honoring Jeanette Rankin, on the second floor of the Capitol Building in Helena, Montana.
Photo taken with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera.