One Woman, One Vote
“The first vote by the first woman elected to Congress was a vote against war.
Not only was it the most significant thing I ever did, it was significant in itself.”
Thus spoke Jeannette Rankin looking back on her role in the Congressional vote for U.S. entry into what would be called World War I. Jeannette’s platform during her 1916 campaign to represent Montana in Congress was preparedness for peace – a strengthening of U.S. borders in light of the conflict in Europe – votes for women, laws protecting women and children, and prohibition. She ran for Congress to fight for women’s suffrage, believing more humanitarian laws would come when women had a voice in our government. In her first session as the first woman elected to Congress, she was required to take a stand on war: she did not waiver in her conviction that “peace is a woman’s job.”
Actor and scholar Mary Jane Bradbury will portray Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, in Colorado communities as part of a Colorado Humanities tour to celebrate the centennial year of women earning the right to vote in U.S. elections. This portrayal focuses on Rankin’s rise to political prominence during the volatile political climate of the last years of the suffrage fight and her legacy of courage as a pioneering woman politician.
Scholar and historic interpreter Mary Jane Bradbury draws on over 25 years as an educator, actress, and author to bring history to life. A Chautauqua scholar who portrays historical characters for Humanities Montana and Colorado Humanities, she has been an Artist in Residence for the Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT, and the Montana Historical Society. Before leaving Colorado and moving to Montana in 2014, Mary Jane was an interpreter and enactor for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
All events are free to the public unless otherwise noted.
Monday, March 9 6:30 p.m.
Robert Hoag Rawlings Library, 4th Floor
100 E. Abriendo Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
Tuesday, March 10
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
9 a.m. to Noon Free Middle and High School
6 p.m. $5 fee Evening Adult
215 S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Wednesday, March 11 6:30 p.m.
Anythink Huron Street Library
9417 Huron Street
Thornton, CO 80260
Thursday, March 12 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $15 fee ($12 members)
Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House Museum
1310 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
Friday, March 13 2 p.m.
Bemis Public Library
6014 S. Datura Street
Littleton, CO 80120
For more information contact Colorado Humanities Program Coordinator Betty Jo Brenner at 303.894.7951 x17 or email@example.com