Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin (c. 1880-1973)


“As a woman, I can’t go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else.”

  • This quote was stated by Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin as the United States Congress voted for war against Japan following the Pearl Harbor attack. She was the only vote against the war. Rankin was elected as a Congresswoman for two terms, first from 1917-1919, and again from 1941-1942. She was a lifelong women’s and civil rights advocate, and a stalwart pacifist all her life.


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