Jeannette Rankin: First Woman in Congress

The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're...
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The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're...

The producers at BIO.com review hundreds of photos of famous figures each week, from award-winning actors and popular singers, to headliners and scandal makers. While we're digging through these archives, we often come across amazing photos that we're just dying to share. So, without further ado, here's the one image that stands out to us this week:

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Jeannette Rankin seen at a rally in Union Square, NY. (Photo from Getty Images)

On November 7th, 1916, famed pacifist Jeannette Rankin became the first woman in the United States to be elected to Congress. What makes that moment even more significant is that women could only vote in 12 states at the time. When she was inaugurated, Rankin said "I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won't be the last." And how right she was. The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) has said that 184 women are running for Congress this year making 2012 a record breaker for women in politics. CAWP director Debbie Walsh has stated, “Not since the so-called ‘Year of the Woman’ in 1992 have we seen such a leap in the number of women stepping forward to contend for congressional seats."