America's first elected woman member of Congress, Jeannette Rankin, in Chicago with women suffragists in 1917
Chicago Illinois USA Date:1917, March Duration:20 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Jeannette Rankin, Republican member of Congress from Montana, and first woman representative elected in the United States, is seen standing with women's suffrage movement activists in Chicago, Illinois, just before America's entry into World War 1. The leading slate mentions her forthcoming participation in a special session of Congress (referring to the Joint Session of Congress on April 2, when President Wilson will ask for a declaration of war against Germany). Rankin holds a bouquet of flowers and stands with another woman wearing a large corsage of flowers. A dozen women suffragists stand behind them. The building behind seems to be a hotel, containing several mirrored doors. Several men passersby walk past the camera while it photographing the group. Jeannette Rankin moves forward and another woman helps her to step into a vehicle (unseen).
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