Jeannette Rankin Remembered in Video

View historic footage and memories of the first woman to serve in Congress, Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana. See more on  History, Art & Archives' celebration of A Century of Women in Congress.

Representative-elect Jeannette Rankin of Montana

This Hearst-Pathe News footage features Representative-elect Jeannette Rankin of Montana who is filmed visiting Chicago, Illinois, before heading to Washington, D.C. for the opening of the 65th Congress.

Opening Day of the 65th Congress (1917–1919)

This Hearst-Pathe News footage features the opening day of the 65th Congress on April 2, 1917, as President Woodrow Wilson calls Congress into special session to ask for a declaration of war against Germany. Suffrage activists escort Representative-elect Jeannette Rankin of Montana from the Sewall-Belmont House to the nearby Capitol. Speaker of the House James Clark of Missouri and Minority Leader James Mann of Illinois pose outside the Capitol, as police corral pacifist protestors on the East Front.

Representative Jeannette Rankin Given a U.S. Flag

This Hearst-Pathe News footage features Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana during the 65th Congress. Sergeant at Arms Robert Gordon presents Rankin with a flag on the steps of the House Office Building (modern day Cannon).

U.S. Declarations of War in 1941

Early in the afternoon on December 8, 1941, Irving Swanson sat at the rostrum of the House and stared into a packed chamber. A few feet away, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war against Japan following its attack on Pearl Harbor the day before. Swanson, the reading clerk, recorded the vote approving military action. Watch as he describes the atmosphere in the chamber, the decision by Montana Representative Jeannette Rankin to oppose the war, and his experience reading the declarations of war against Germany and Italy.