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Peter Aronson
Jeannette Rankin: America's First Congresswoman

Children/Young Adult; History & Military; (Market)

This is a middle-grade book for our times. The story follows Jeannette Rankin’s path from a Montana ranch to social work to the halls of Congress in 1916, the first woman elected to the House of Representatives, a full century before Hillary Clinton made her historic run for president. Rankin was a suffrage leader, a women’s rights activist, a pacifist – considered, perhaps, the first and foremost feminist of the 20th century. This is the story of a woman who stood up for what she believed in – despite the opposition – and never backed down. The book, with 60 historic photos, is the second installment in Aronson's Groundbreaker Series, biographies about extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. To read more about Aronson’s books, please visit