I want to be like my beautiful 88 year old neighbor, Ruth, when I grow up. She's full of humor and wit; when I visit her, she regales me with stories of travels she's taken, and places she's lived throughout the years around the world. It's always fun to get together with a fellow traveler!
I gave Ruth one of my Inspiration calendars for Hanukkah, and now she calls me the Quote Lady. Each month she looks up the quote and the person that I picked for the calendar; this time around she had some choice words for me!
In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's Month, and I chose Jeannette Rankin to be the woman to grace the calendar page. Ms. Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress in 1916, four years before the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote nationwide. She was the only member of Congress who voted against United States participation in both world wars. While searching for a quote to go with another image, I stumbled upon Ms. Rankin's quote that remains timely: " If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier."
Ruth loved the artwork for March, but she said, "Jeannette Rankin had so many other quotes that I think fit her better. Have you seen them?" I'd seen a couple, but decided to find more that I could share with you, too.
“I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won’t be the last.”
"We're half the people; we should be half the Congress."
"Men and women are like right and left hands: it doesn't make sense not to use both."
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/jeannette_rankin_802727
"The individual woman is required . . . a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition."
“Babies are dying from cold and hunger. Soldiers have died for lack of a woolen shirt. Might it not be that the men who have spent their lives thinking in terms of commercial profit find it hard to adjust themselves to thinking in terms of human needs? Might it not be that a great force that has always been thinking in terms of human needs, and that always will think in terms of human needs has not been mobilized? Is it not possible that the women of the country have something of value to give the nation at this time?”
In 1970, while talking to a reporter about the Vietnam War, Rankin said “Surrender is a military idea. When you’re doing something wrong, you stop.”
Jeannette Rankin's philosophies and ideals continue to this day. When Jeannette Rankin died in 1973 at the age of 92, she bequeathed part of her estate to help mature, unemployed women. The Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Fund now provides college scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older.
Jeannette Rankin is ever-relevant... thanks for the lesson, Ruth!