Taking Action: A Political History of Women in Montana

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Presenter: Diane Sands, independent scholar on women's history, Montana state representative.

Women have always been actors in Montana's political history. *Taking Action* surveys the role of Montana women beginning with suffrage campaigns during territorial days through their 1914 victory granting women the vote. Sands explores the political work of diverse groups such as the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Montana Negro Women's Clubs on behalf of women and families. The presentation concludes with the role of the League of Women Voters in the 1972 Constitutional Convention where 19 women served as delegates and leaders. 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.