UM Professor Offers Free Lecture in Honor of Montana Woman Suffrage Centennial

August 27, 2014

MISSOULA – In honor of the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage in Montana, University of Montana History Professor and Co-Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Anya Jabour, will make herself available to deliver a free local lecture titled “Montana Women Making History.”

Her lecture offers biographical sketches of some of Montana’s most significant women reformers such as Jeannette Rankin, the Missoula pacifist who voted against U.S. entry into both world wars; Hazel Hunkins, a Billings woman who went to federal prison for picketing the White House on behalf of suffrage; Maggie Smith Hathaway, who pioneered child welfare legislation in the state; and Helen Piotopowaka Clarke, the first Native American woman elected to public office in the Montana Territory. 

A group of UM faculty, staff and students, together with Missoula community members, have formed an ad hoc centennial committee to coordinate a variety of local and statewide projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary year. The projects include a traveling historical exhibit, “Leading the Way: Montana Woman Suffrage and the Struggle for Equal Citizenship,” which will be displayed in more than 30 communities statewide.

For more information or to schedule a lecture, email Jabour at


Contact: Anya Jabour, UM professor of history and women’s and gender studies, 406-243-4364,