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Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer
     

Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer

by Gretchen Woelfle
 

A fascinating biography of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. Born on the Montana frontier in 1880, Rankin lived long enough to speak her mind on television in the 1970s. As a child, she learned early how to take charge. She spoke up in the 1910s to persuade men to give women the vote. In 1916 she was elected to Congress. She

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A fascinating biography of Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress. Born on the Montana frontier in 1880, Rankin lived long enough to speak her mind on television in the 1970s. As a child, she learned early how to take charge. She spoke up in the 1910s to persuade men to give women the vote. In 1916 she was elected to Congress. She said yes to peace when most people wanted war. She said yes to social justice for workers, families, and children when most lawmakers said no. When she left Congress in 1943, people forgot about her, but she continued to work for what she believed. "Rediscovered" in the 1960s, Rankin became a role model for feminists and Vietnam peace activists. Photographs, newspaper clippings, campaign materials, and even hate mail tell the story of a remarkable woman in this captivating Booklist Top Ten Biographies for Youth book.

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* "Offers interesting things to look at on every page." --Booklist, starred review

"Rich in photographs, sidebars and pulled quotes. . . . A welcome addition to the short list of titles for young readers about this important figure." --Kirkus Reviews

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Jeannette Rankin was born in Montana and spent her life working hard for women and for peace. Young readers who may not recognize her name will see that she was the first woman to serve in Congress, elected in 1916; that she worked tirelessly for social justice and woman's suffrage; and that in her 80s she was still marching for peace during the Vietnam era. This volume is rich in photographs, sidebars and pulled quotes-it's hard to resist a caption that notes how women's dresses got shorter and their hats got smaller-but Woelfle's workmanlike prose is occasionally marred by cliche. Rankin's devotion to her large and extended family and her world travels in service of peace and justice are engaging, and so are tidbits like the possibility that her great friend Fiorello La Guardia, mayor of New York City, proposed marriage to her. A welcome addition to the short list of titles for young readers about this important figure. (timeline, bibliography, source notes, index not seen) (Biography. 9-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590784372
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Gretchen Woelfle is an award-winning author. Her first book, The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills, led to her second book, Katje the Windmill Cat, followed by Animal Families, Animals Friends. Her stories and essays haved appeared in Cricket,Spider, and Cicada magazines and in the anthology series Stories from Where We Live (Milkweed Edition). She lives in Los Angeles.

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