H.R. 4570, 100 Years of Women in Congress Act

H.R. 4570

100 Years of Women in Congress Act

Rep. Grace Meng

April 18, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On Monday, April 18, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 4570, the 100 Years of Women in Congress Act, under suspension of the rules. The resolution was introduced on February 12, 2016 by Rep. Grace Meng(D-NY) and was referred to the Committee on Agriculture.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4570 amends the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to designate the Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program as the as Jeannette Rankin Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program. This program authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to award competitive research and extension grants to increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


Jeanette Rankin was the first woman serve in the United States Congress when she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916, even before many American women had the right to vote.  She served as the Representative from Montana’s at-large district from March 4, 1917 until March 3, 1919.  In 1940, she was elected again –to represent Montana’s 1st Congressional District in 1940 — and served from January 3, 1941, until January 3, 1943.

According to the bill’s sponsor, “Jeanette Ranking was a pioneer in every sense of the word, both as a woman in national politics and as a woman in STEM. We believe that renaming this critical program after her is the least Congress can do to honor a remarkable individual and the first 100 years of women in Congress.”[1]

[1] See Reps. Meng and Zinke Introduce Legislation to Honor the 100th Anniversary of the First Woman Elected to Congress


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Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Rob Goad with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1831.