Books Women in Congress 1917-2006 Paperback, 1008 pages, Bernan Assoc, List Price: $59 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleWomen in Congress 1917-2006 Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Genres: Politics & Public Affairs Nonfiction History & Society Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Women in Congress 1917-2006 After Rep. Jeannette Rankin voted against the U.S. entering war with Japan, she was mobbed by journalists. Rankin hid in a phone booth and waited for Capitol police to take her back to her office. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption toggle caption Bettmann/Corbis History The First Woman In Congress: A Crusader For Peace May 18, 2011 Jeannette Rankin, the first female member of Congress, was elected to Congress even before all women in the country had the right to vote. She only served two terms — which were decades apart. But it was during those short spans that she was able to take a historic stand.