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The United States could make history by electing its first woman president on Tuesday, which echoes a different landmark the country reached exactly one hundred years ago — electing the first woman to Congress.

The people of Montana elected Jeannette Rankin (R) to the House of Representatives on Nov. 7, 1916. Born and raised in the state, Rankin worked as a social worker before committing herself to the fight for women’s suffrage.

Running a progressive campaign, Rankin devoted herself to pacifism. She became the only congressperson in U.S. history to vote against American involvement in World War I and World War II.

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