Big Sky Chronicles: The Women of Montana History

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With March being Women's History Month, the Montana Historical Society is putting a special emphasis on the role of women in montana. In this week's Big Sky Chronicles, we take a look at some of the prominent women in state history.

State Archivist Jodie Foley highlights a handful of women who shaped Montana's rich history.  She says though their stories were unique, they all had common qualities which helped them to succeed in life.

Foley says, "They're very strong women in that they have a strong sense of family.  They have a strong sense of community.  They have a strong sense of what they want to do in that community."

Foley says Lucia Darling made an impact as one of the territory's first teachers.  She says Jeannette Rankin was crucial for women's suffrage, and was a pioneer for women in the legislature, and Dorothy Eck was an important delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention.

Foley says, "There was 100 people chosen, they were not to be legislators, they were supposed to be average people not serving in the legislature at that time. Full 20% were women, which if you looked at the leadership in the legislature or even local government leadership and so forth. We didn't have anywhere near that kind of percentage."

Foley says what made these women special was their personal sense of a woman's potential.  She says they used that common vision and had the courage and strength to accomplish their goals.


Story by Charlie Misra
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