Women’s History Month Lecture on Jeannette Rankin

Portrait of Jeanette Rankin, courtesy of Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

Women’s History Month Lecture
Jeannette Rankin: A Singular Voice

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present a Women’s History Month lecture with Jane Armstrong Hudiburg. Due to inclement weather, Jeannette Rankin: A Singular Voice HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED and will be held in Ketchum Hall in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building at 200 Maryland Ave. NE on THUSRDAY, MARCH 22 from 12-1:00 pm. Please note that this is a change in date, time, and location from the original announcement.

This event is free and open to the public.

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress and the only Member of Congress to vote against both World Wars. As a woman’s suffrage and anti-war activist, Rankin spent her life breaking political and social boundaries, angering many while endearing herself to others. In this presentation, Hudiburg examines Rankin’s ongoing relationship to the Capitol and Congress, including her first term of office, her second term of office, her anti-Vietnam War march on Washington, and the placement of her statue in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection in 1985.



Jane Hudiburg

Jane Armstrong Hudiburg, M.A., is a freelance writer, specializing in the history of Congress and the Capitol. She is a regular contributor to the United States Capitol Historical Society’s magazine, The Capitol Dome, and has also been published in the Washington Post Magazine and several reference books, including The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History. Formerly, she worked as a Capitol guide, a writer for the U.S. Senate Historical Office, an American history college instructor, and as the student programs coordinator for the Maryland General Assembly. She is now an analyst on congressional procedure for the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.