Encouraging all eligible voters to cast ballots is a staple of The Billings Gazette’s election season opinions. This November, that call has extra significance because Montana is celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage.
A century ago, a group of brave women — some men, too — helped bring the vote to Montana women.
Young Belle Winestine described suffragist Jeannette Rankin as “magnetic,” with an “illuminous quality,” and quoted another observer of the charismatic Rankin as like a “young panther ready to spring.”
Billings state legislator Elsie Arntzen won’t be filing for the U.S. House race — at least not this week.
HELENA — Joining the ranks of Sacagawea, Jeannette Rankin and Maureen Mansfield at the Montana State Capitol will be a new mural depicting women’s contributions as community builders in Montana history.
The Western frontier was a tough place for anyone to make a living, and more so for a woman on her own. Some women turned — by choice — to the most reliable source of income they could find in the world's oldest profession. These are the women profiled in Lael Morgan's "Wanton West: Madams, …
Jeannette Rankin was criticized for her stand against the U.S. entering World War I.
Montanan Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, as among several representatives voting against the U.S. entering World War I. She would be the only member of Congress to vote against going to war after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Retired Episcopal priest Father John Naumann will receive the 2012 Jeannette Rankin Peace Award this fall.
HELENA -- After a proud tradition of electing many of the first women to hold political office in Montana, Republicans have fallen far behind Democrats these days in fielding female candidates.
Roughly four decades after first attending a class on the University of Montana campus, 65-year-old Bob Johnson sat down earlier this year to fill out his application for graduation.
Jeannette Rankin leaves the White House in 1917 when she was serving her first term in Congress. This photo is featured at the Western Heritage Center’s exhibit on women at work.
Jeannette Rankin speaks from the National American Women Suffrage Association headquarters in Washington D.C., in 1917. Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress. She won her first election in 1916 was elected to a second term in 1940. Both times she voted against the U.S. entrance into…
“Don’t sit around! It’s worse than working. You think working is bad. Sitting around is worse, and if you sit around, you get nothing done. You have nothing to eat. You have nothing toward your house. You have no wood. You have no food. To sit around is worse than working. ...”
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Bill Simmons has been named winner of the 2011 Jeannette Rankin Peace Award.
HELENA - Capitol janitor Tammy Moore spends most of the evening throwing away trash no one wants, but last week she discovered articles of historical interest on the first woman elected to Congress buried in boxes headed toward the landfill.
These articles from 1916 on Congresswoman-elect Jeannette Rankin were found in a pile outside the Capitol building in Helena. Capitol janitor Tammy Moore recognized the articles as valuable and saved them from the trash bin. The articles are now headed for the Rankin collection at the state…