Jeannette Rankin Women's Rights Activist, U. Representative Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to serve in the U. She helped pass the Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and was a committed pacifist.
from the National Archives November Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress, 4 years before woman suffrage was added to the Constitution in 1920 with the Amendment. Since Rankin, there have been nearly 200 women elected to Congress.