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I want to stand by my country, but I cannot vote for war. I vote no.

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Source Notes: Source: Representative JEANETTE RANKIN, casting her vote against the United States entering World War I, in the early hours of April 6, 1917, as reported by The New York Times, April 6, 1917, p. 1.Jeanette Rankin of Montana was the first woman elected to Congress, where she served 19171919 and 19411943. Not only did she vote against World War I, she was the only member of Congress to oppose declaring war on Japan in December 1941.

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Jeannette Rankin (June 11, 1880 May 18, 1973) was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first female member of Congress. A Republican and a lifelong pacifist, she was the only member of Congress to vote against United States entry in both World War I and World War II. She was also the only member of Congress to vote against the declaration of war on Japan after Pearl Harbor. She also led resistance to the Vietnam War.

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