Jeannette Rankin, first woman elected to U.S. Congress, speaks in Union Square, New York City
New York City USA Date:1924, September Duration:42 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Jeannette Rankin, of Montana, the first woman elected to U.S. House of Representatives (served April 1917 through December 1918). A pacifist, co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, and champion of humanitarian causes, she is seen addressing a group from a speakers pavilion in Union Square, Manhattan, New York City, in September, 1924. She accepts a glass of water from an associate (unseen). Closeups of Rankin leaning over the railing above an American flag, as she speaks to assembled group of men and women. From further away, several men and women associates can be seen at work behind her in the pavilion. Views from behind and to her right, with listeners below and cars parked in the square. Street scene in background. As before, Ms Rankin leans forward to be better heard. (There is no evidence of microphone in use.)
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