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Today in history: a first for women

(NBC) -- On this day, April 2, in 1917, the first woman ever elected to Congress took her seat in the United States Capitol.

Jeannette Rankin was a representative from Montana.

The year before, she successfully ran on a progressive republican platform calling for total women's suffrage, legislation protecting children, and U.S. neutrality in the European war.

Following her election, Rankin's entrance into Congress was delayed for a month as congressmen discussed whether a woman should be admitted into the House of Representatives.

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