Joshua Henry, Jessica Vosk, Lexi Lawson, & Ari Afsar Team Up to Tell the Story of America’s Forgotten First Congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin
We all know the names of the trailblazing female politicians Susan B. Anthony, Shirley Chisholm, and Hillary Clinton, but how many know the story of Jeannette Rankin?
Jeannette was the first woman to hold federal office in the United States of America. A Republican from Montana, Jeannette was elected to Congress in 1916, years before women could vote federally. A lifelong pacifist, she voted against both World Wars. In fact, she was the only member of Congress to vote against going to war with Japan after the Pearl Harbor attack. Yet, somehow, her groundbreaking story is all but forgotten in American history. This is where Hamilton alum Ari Afsar steps in.
Ari, along with playwright Lauren M. Gunderson, created the pop bio-musical Jeannette in hopes of bringing this amazing suffrage activist's story to contemporary audiences. The new musical will be presented in a live demo concert at SubCulture for one night only on Monday, July 29. In addition to Ari Afsar, the concert will feature fellow Hamilton alumnus Joshua Henry and Lexi Lawson, as well as Wicked star Jessica Vosk.
To learn more about Jeannette Rankin, check out these two, short biography videos below.