One Woman Against War: The Jeannette Rankin Story

Subject: Pacifism, Anti-War Movement, Women's Rights, Public Officials
Themes: Peace Makers Women's Rights Public Officials 20th Century
Age groups: High School
Resource type: Books

The Publisher's description of Kevin Gile's comprehensive biography of Jeannette Rankin:

She was the lonely dissenter, committed to following the dictates of her conscience no matter the consequences. Jeannette Rankin, an early leader for woman suffrage and the first woman elected to Congress, crusaded for peace her entire life. "Killing more people won't help matters," she said.

The Montana native was an American icon of extremes in politics, applauded as a beacon of hope by many people and vilified as a traitor by others. Rankin is widely known as the first woman elected to Congress. Lesser known is that she was a historical oddity, standing as the only American to vote against both world wars.

Rankin's public involvement, rooted in the reform movement of the early 1900s, lasted half a century. She was a vigorous participant in the great suffrage campaigns preceding World War I, a critic of war profiteering in the years leading to World War II, and put her name to an antiwar march on the US Capitol in 1968. Soon after she was named "the world's outstanding living feminist."

Rankin left behind a rich legacy of pacifism, born in the belief that women, once they had the right to vote, would make a difference.

The book is available from Amazon.

About the author:

Kevin S. Giles was born and raised in western Montana where mountain grass grew deep in summer and winter storms left mile-high peaks crowned with snow. He was born in Whitefish, near Glacier National Park, lived in Columbia Falls, and moved to Deer Lodge when a young boy after his father became a guard at Montana State Prison.

Kevin is a journalism graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula and has worked as a reporter, editor and designer for six daily newspapers in the United States and Australia. He's written three nonfiction books: "One Woman Against War: The Jeannette Rankin Story," "Jerry's Riot: The True Story of Montana's 1959 Prison Disturbance," and "Flight of the Dove: The Story of Jeannette Rankin." ("One Woman Against War" is the new and expanded edition of "Flight of the Dove.") Kevin also published a novel, "Summer of the Black Chevy," in the fall of 2015. He has edited and designed several other books and, in the course of his career as a newspaper journalist, written thousands of news stories and editorials. He lives in Minnesota but travels frequently to see his six children and seven grandchildren, and makes every visit to Montana a memorable one.

The book is available from Amazon.