44 x 36 in. (111.8 x 91.4 cm)
Framed: 49 3/4 x 41 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (126.4 x 106 x 9.5 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Unveiled in 2005, Jeannette Rankin’s portrait communicates both the cultural importance and the loneliness of her position as the first woman elected to Congress. Standing in the empty corridor adjacent to the House Chamber, Rankin is depicted holding the Washington Post, in which her 1917 swearing-in was front page news. The vacant, cool-toned space and her look of resigned calm reflect her singularity as a woman in the legislative branch, three years before women’s suffrage became federal law.