In 1917, Jeannette Rankin, an avowed pacifist and member of the Republican party, became the first woman elected to serve in the United States Congress. Since that time, only 275 other women have served in that august and rather insular body.
Stop and think about that for a moment. In the 95 years that have passed since Rankin’s election, only 275 other women have been elected to the United States Congress. Why is that?
Why is it that women make up 18.9% of the world’s legislatures, but only 17.4% of the United States Congress? How is it that this progressive, democratic, world-shaping empire actually elects fewer women to public office than other regions in the world?
 In an odd historical footnote, Rankin is also known as the only member of Congress to have voted against the United States entering into both World War I and World War II.