Jeannette Rankin’s Opinion of Her Biographers.
July 17th, 2009
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, Jeannette Rankin.
Yes, I have said unflattering things about my biographers, James J. Lopach and Jean A. Luckowski, but I commend them for wanting to know the truth. The world has not been aware of the aspects to my life that they revealed. I do not fault their motives - they wanted to honor the truth. I know that. But I felt I should be heard from as well on what they wrote about me. I did not think at all that they did, as you say, a “hatchet job.” I just wanted to present my reaction.
Humanity is evolving toward greater and greater revelation of the truth. The hidden things are being revealed. In this sense, I am happy that my biographers cared enough to learn the truth about my life. Once again, what I was objecting to was their preconceived idea that there was somehow something wrong with me because I never had long-lasting intimate friends.
I just gave you the example of your mother, who wrestled with and resolved some serious problems entirely within herself. You always had the idea that one should seek others for help and support. The fact that I shunned personal intimacy does not reflect at all on my lifelong devotion to my causes. Nor did it make me selfish. It simply meant that my priorities were not in the norm.