Featured

This bronze statue of noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass
This bronze statue of noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass was dedicated by...

Featured

A virtual Map of Capitol Hill from above
A map of the U.S. Capitol and other buildings and grounds cared for by the...

Featured

Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

Featured

CVC Visitor Guide Julie Butler leads a group of visitors through National Statuary Hall.
The ExCEL Program provides opportunities for jurisdictions to work together and...

Explore Capitol Hill

Jeannette Rankin

Overview 

This statue of Jeannette Rankin was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by Montana in 1985. Rankin was born in 1880 and died in 1973. She was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Terry Mimnaugh
Artist

Bronze
Given by Montana in 1985
Emancipation Hall
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Bronze statue of Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin was born on June 11, 1880, near Missoula, Montana. Educated in the public schools, she graduated from the University of Montana in 1902 and studied at the School of Philanthropy in New York City. She undertook social work in Seattle, Washington, in 1909 and in subsequent years worked for woman suffrage in Washington, California and Montana. She traveled to New Zealand in 1915 and gained first-hand knowledge of social conditions by working as a seamstress.

In 1916, Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican Senate nomination in 1918, engaged in social work for the next three decades, and was re-elected to the House in 1940. She did not seek re-election in 1942. In her last 30 years she was a rancher, a lecturer, and a lobbyist for peace and women's rights.

Rankin supported the cause of peace throughout her life. She voted against America's entry into World Wars I and II, and she was the only member of Congress to oppose the declaration of war on Japan. She died in Carmel, California, on May 18, 1973.

Last Updated: October 14, 2014