The Women's Research Institute at Brigham Young University will show the film “Jeannette Rankin” Thursday, Nov. 10, at noon in B132 Joseph Fielding Smith Building.
Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.
The film profiles the life of Jeannette Rankin through interviews, original newsreels and photographs.
Born on a ranch in Montana in 1880, Rankin was one of the first women to be elected to a parliamentary body, and she eventually became legislative secretary of the National American Women Suffrage Association. Rankin started her professional career as a schoolteacher and social worker, but then became involved in politics and became the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives.
With controversial views on World War I, trade union rights, equal pay and birth-control, she lost her Republican Senate nomination in 1918. After the war, Rankin successfully campaigned for independent citizenship, Maternity and Infancy Protection Act, Independent Citizenship and Child Labor Amendment. She was also active in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the National Council for the Prevention of War.
The Women’s Studies Film Series presents films addressing women’s issues every other Thursday at noon in B132 JFSB, alternating with the Women’s Studies Colloquium, a scholarly forum on women’s issues and research.
For more information about the Women’s Research Institute’s Film Series or Colloquium, please contact Joanali Evans at (801) 422-4605.
Writer: Angela Fischer