Top 10 Jeannette Rankin Quotes

Jeannette Rankin(June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was an American politician, women’s right activist, and the first woman to be elected to Congress. She was elected in 1916 to the US House of Representatives in Montana.

Here are Jeannette Rankin’s top ten greatest quotes:


You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.



Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn’t make sense not to use both.

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Small use it will be to save democracy for the race if we cannot save the race for democracy.


As a woman, I can’t go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else.

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We’d be the safest country in the world if the world knew we didn’t’ have a gun. Men are not killed because they get mad at each other. They’re killed because one has a gun.

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You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.

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I want to stand by my country, but I cannot vote for war. 

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The greatest threat to peace is the barrage of rightist propaganda portraying war as decent, honorable, and patriotic.



We’re half the people; we should be half the Congress.

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I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won’t be the last.

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Thank you Jeannette Rankin!


Interesting Jeannette Rankin Facts:

  • Before serving in congress, she was a social worker with a degree in Biology.
  • She was the only one out of 50 to vote against World War I in 1917, and against the war on Japan in 1941.
  • She studied and respected the peaceful and pacifist ways of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • She never married.
  • At age 86, she led the Jeannette Rankin Brigade in Washington DC where thousands marched to petition against the US involvement in the Vietnam War.

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