Jeannette Rankin, First Woman Elected to Congress, 11/07/1916

Representative Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973), By Matzene, 1917; Courtesy of the Senate Historical Office

One hundred years ago on November 7, 1916, Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress. This was 4 years before woman suffrage was added to the Constitution in 1920 with the 19th Amendment. Since Rankin, over 300 women have served in Congress as U.S. Representatives, Delegates, or Senators.

Credentials of Jeannette Rankin, HR 65A-J1, 12/4/1916, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives