Jeannette Rankin

A Political Woman

by James L Lopach ’67M.A., ’68M.A., ’73Ph.D., and Jean A. Luckowski (University Press of Colorado)


This definitive biography of the first woman elected to Congress details her complexities and accomplishments. The representative from Montana was elected in 1916, a time when women in many states did not have the right to vote. A suffragist and lifelong pacifist, Rankin voted against U. S. entry into World War I in 1917. The next year she lost her bid for election to the Senate. She did not run for Congress again until 1940.

The authors are professors at the University of Montana.

(February 2006)