Today’s featured addition to the Reference Section is the massive, well-illustrated and comprehensive tome Women in Congress 1917-2006.
Printed by the US Government Printing Office under the auspices of the Committee on House Administration of the US House of Representatives, Women in Congress joins the equally definitive and comprehensive Black Americans in Congress 1870-2007 on the library shelves.
Among the dozens of intriguing biographies, you’ll find that of Jeanette Rankin, Republican from Montana – the first woman elected to the US House of Representatives. Representative Rankin was elected in 1916, prior to the adoption of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution (ratified 1920), which declared that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” She also holds the unique distinction among all members of Congress as the only Representative to vote against the declaration of war in both World Wars I and II. (Ironically, she served only the two widely separated terms which allowed her to cast those votes.)
Representative Rankin’s story is but one of many fascinating and engaging histories related in Women in Congress. Drop by the Library and check it out.