The first woman was elected to Congress before she even had the right to vote in a national election.
In 1916, Jeanette Rankin was the first woman elected to the US Congress, serving two separate terms. This was even before women had the right to vote! Seeing the ridiculousness of the situation, Jeanette actively represented women and brought attention to their concerns.
In addition to making political history, Rankin also stood her ground as a pacifist, being the only member of Congress to oppose the US’ entry into both World Wars. Her anti-war vote in 1917 cost her her office.
From there on in, she became involved in Women’s Inter-national League for Peace and Freedom and several pacifist groups. Throughout her life, she travelled extensively, study with Gandhi, and other like-minded people.