MISSOULA – Throughout March, departments and programs in the University of Montana College of Humanities and Sciences, along with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library and the UM School of Music, will host events and exhibits in celebration of Women’s History Month and the centennial of woman suffrage in Montana.
On Nov. 3, 1914, women won the right to vote in Montana. During the past 100 years, women in Montana have continued to fight for reform and equality. The exhibit “Women in Montana Politics” will be on display from March 1 to Aug. 30 in the Theta Rho Room on the fourth floor of the Mansfield Library. The exhibit also is online at http://exhibits.lib.umt.edu/women-in-politics.
A separate exhibit, “Leading the Way: Montana Woman Suffrage and the Struggle for Equal Citizenship,” will be on display in the Mansfield Library Lobby from March 17 to April 18. The exhibit was created through a $7,500 grant from Humanities Montana. Following its display at UM, the exhibit will be donated to the Montana State Library, allowing schools, libraries, museums and community groups across the state to borrow and display it.
Several events will be held in conjunction with the exhibits and also in recognition of national Women’s History Month. All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is:
- Monday, March 10: “Picturing the Arguments about Woman Suffrage,” a lecture by Catherine Palczewski, professor of communication studies and women’s and gender studies at the University of Northern Iowa; 3:40-5 p.m., Liberal Arts Building Room 302, sponsored by the UM Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Department of Communication Studies.
- Wednesday, March 12: “Taking Action: A Political History of Women in Montana,” a lecture by Diane Sands, women’s history scholar and former Montana state representative; 5:30-7 p.m., Mansfield Library Theta Rho Room, sponsored by the Mansfield Library and Humanities Montana.
- Thursday, March 20: Women’s History Month Recital, featuring suffrage songs performed by the UM Women’s Chorus; 2:10-3 p.m., Music Recital Hall, sponsored by the UM School of Music.
- Thursday, March 20: “Federal Mothers: What Happened When Women Went to Work in the U.S. Indian Service,” the Maxine Van de Wetering “Women Making History” lecture presented Cathleen Cahill, associate professor of history at the University of New Mexico; 7 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106, sponsored by the UM African-American Studies Program, Department of History, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Faculty Development Office.
- Wednesday, March 26: “Leading the Way: Montana Woman Suffrage and the Struggle for Equal Citizenship,” exhibition opening reception featuring suffrage songs performed by the UM Women’s Chorus; 1:10-2 p.m., Mansfield Library Lobby, sponsored by the UM African-American Studies Program, Department of History, Mansfield Library, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Office of the President, the Missoula chapter of the American Association of University Women and Humanities Montana.
For more information call UM Professor Anya Jabour at 406-243-4364, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call the Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections at 406-243-2053 or email email@example.com.