In 1916, Jeannette Rankin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives becoming the first woman to hold federal office. Rankin was a suffragette and progressive member of the Republican party. Jeannette Rankin helped initiate the legislation that became the 19th Constitutional Amendment, granting voting rights to women. Rankin was a pacifist. In 1917, she opposed the U.S. entry into WWI. Again in 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, she voted against declaring war on Japan, which effectively ended her political career.
The House of Representatives and Senate comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Representatives, elected from congressional districts, are allocated to states based on population measured by the U.S. Census. The number of Representatives is set by law at 435. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the president for consideration. The House has the power to initiate all bills related to revenue and the impeachment of federal officers.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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