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Children's LiteratureOne of the most controversial subjects to occupy politics at the turn of the last century was the question of women receiving the right to vote. Yet even before the law was passed in Congress, one woman was elected to Congress and holds the honor of being the only woman to vote in favor of giving all women in the United States the right to vote. Born in Montana in 1880, Rankin well understood the duties of frontier women and realized that women worked just as hard as men and deserved the same rights as men. She campaigned for many years in several different states urging men to vote for women's suffrage. When women won the right to vote in Montana in 1914, Rankin began to campaign just as hard for a seat in Congress and won the election in 1916. But when war threatened, she could not consciously vote to enter the war and lost the next election. She spent the next twenty years promoting peace and when war threatened again, she returned to Montana and campaigned again for Congress. Winning again, she voted against war a second time and once more lost her seat. Andreasen's simple drawings add an interesting aspect to the text and offer an interesting view of Rankin's life and campaigns. Marx focuses on Rankin's bid for congress and glosses over most of her later life, but provides detailed information about her struggle for election and reelection, as well as the years between campaigns. 2006, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 7 to 12.