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This book chronicles the extraordinary life of Jeanette Rankin. The first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette represented Montana for two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was a leading advocate for both woman suffrage and world peace and was instrumented in securing the right for Montana women to vote. As the sole female member of the U.S. Congress in 1919, Jeanette was the only woman who voted to give all women in the United States the right to vote. After readers witness the vote that made Ms. Rankin most famous-her lone vote against U.S. entry into World War II-they turn to her youngest years in Missoula, Montana. The book continues to follow Jeannette's life from beginning to end, exposing her many courageous and remarkable accomplishments. Jeannette once said: "Wouldn't it be too bad if we left this world and hadn't done all we could for peace?" She herself had nothing to regret. Readers will be inspired by this magnificent portrait of her life.
When Mary Rockwood Powers left her comfortable home in Wisconsin in 1846 with her doctor husband and three children, she was a reluctant emigrant. Like many women of her time, her fate lay not in her hands but in those of her husband, and she was forced to leave behind home and family for the arduous overland trek on the Oregon Trail. Shortly into their travels west, it became painfully obvious that Doctor Powers was simply not up to the task of making sure his family "outlasted the trail" and Mary had to step in and become the head of the household with its canvas roof and wheels--leaving behind her ideals of femininity along with her beloved possessions. Beautifully told, this is a story that will wrench at the heart as the reader uncovers the trials behind this remarkable woman's journey west.
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