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This Day in Georgia History

June 11, 1880

Jeannette Rankin Born

Famous woman suffrage activist Jeannette Rankin was born in Missoula, Montana. In 1916 she became the first woman elected to Congress, where she pushed extending the right to vote to women. Here, she also became an activist for peace, voting against America’s entry into World War I. Moving to Watkinsville, Georgia in 1925, Rankin created the Georgia Peace Society and over the next half century lobbied for the outlawing of all war. In 1972, the National Organization of Women voted Rankin “the world’s outstanding living feminist.” She died on May 18, 1973, in Carmel, California. Her body was returned to Missoula, Montana for burial.