Jeannette Rankin: Suffragette

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Presenter: Suzette Dussault, scholar, actress and singer.

The year was 1913, *The Company* held Montana in a death grip, controlling the media, the Legislature, the Montana Supreme Court. But against all odds, the people of Montana united, rallied, organized and threw off the yoke of the Company, despite its power and wealth. In two years, they passed an amendment to the state constitution granting the women of Montana full citizenship with the right to vote in Montana elections. A year later, Montanans voted to send the first woman, Jeannette Rankin, to the U.S. Congress. This is their story. The presentation is free and open to the public. Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana*s Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Call 447-1690 for more information.