No history of American representative government could properly be written
without a major reference to Rep. Jeannette Rankin. The Montana Republican
carries the distinction of being the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress,
in 1916. In 1940, riding a tide of isolationism, she won her second term in
the House. The December 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor put an end
to isolationism, but Rankin remained true to her anti-war beliefs, becoming
the only member of Congress to vote against declaring war just as she had in
1917. – Corrine Egan, B.A.
Corrine Halperin Egan has contributed to the Jefferson Educational Society since April of 2009. Presently, she runs a Great Books discussion group each semester for the Jefferson and delivers four lectures a year on Remarkable American Women.
Corrine was semi-retired, working as a management consultant and coordinator for the Global Issues Forum at Mercyhurst, when Dr. William P. Garvey approached her and asked her to come to work at the Jefferson. Prior to her ‘retirement’, she served as Executive Director of the NWPA Area Labor Management Council. Other positions have included Community Education Coordinator at Mercyhurst, Director of the Erie Branch of the American Cancer Society, Executive Director of the YWCA. She was a founder and Executive Director of COVE, Council on Volunteers for Erie County.
Corrine is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mercyhurst and also attended University of Michigan. She has served on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and was President of Temple Anshe Hesed, Erie County Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the Women’s Roundtable. Her awards include the Women’s Roundtable’s coveted Woman of the Year award and Outstanding Alumna of Mercyhurst. She was honored as one of the Mercy Center for Women’s Dynamic Women as well as a Pennsylvania‘s Most Influential Woman.
“The Jefferson allows me to use my creativity and background to add to my own knowledge, as well as that of the community,” she noted. “What better way to spend my time and energy.”