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Jeannette Rankin: First Woman Member of the U.S. Congress

Jeannette Rankin portrait by artist Amelie Chabannes.

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Activity


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Learn how Jeannette Rankin became the first woman in United States history elected to the U.S. Congress, representing the state of Montana in the U.S. House of Representatives, in this video from Unladylike2020. As a suffragist and life-long pacifist, Rankin fought tirelessly for women’s right to vote, and voted against United States entry into WWI and WWII. Utilizing video, discussion questions, vocabulary, and teaching tips, students learn about Rankin’s role in securing women the vote nationally, and her enduring commitment to ending war.

UNLADYLIKE2020 is a production of Unladylike Productions in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters. UNLADYLIKE2020's collection of educational resources was created by The WNET Group’s Kids Media & Education Department with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Jeannette Rankin Lesson Plan.pdf

June 29, 2021
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Jeannette Rankin: The First Woman Member of U.S Congress | Unladylike2020 | American Masters | PBS
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