American Masters

Jeannette Rankin: The First Woman Member of U.S. Congress

Clip: 08/12/2020 | 12m 38s | Video has closed captioning.

Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) made history as the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the only member of Congress to vote against U.S. participation in World War I and World War II. A determined suffragist, she helped women in her home state of Montana win the vote and introduced what later became the 19th Amendment to secure suffrage for women nationwide.

Aired: 08/12/20

Rating: NR

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