UM to Celebrate International Women’s Day with Lecture

March 05, 2018

MISSOULA – State Sen. Diane Sands will deliver a lecture about the legacy of Montana’s first female state legislator on Thursday, March 8, at the University of Montana for International Women’s Day.

Sands will speak on “Maggie Smith Hathaway and Montana” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the K. Ross Toole Archives on the fourth floor of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library. The talk is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Hathaway, from Ravalli County, was one of the first two women to serve in the Montana State House of Representatives in 1916, and she helped write the first legislation in the nation advocating equal pay for equal work for women. During World War I, she employed women on her ranch as men went off to fight overseas. She also championed child welfare and women’s rights, including suffrage, and won the eight-hour workday for women.

Sands served in Montana’s House of Representatives from 1996 to 2012, and, after retiring, won Senate District 49 seat in 2014. She created the first Women’s Resource Center at UM in 1968 and has fought for social justice issues, abortion rights, gay rights, Native American education and more.

Sands has worked as development director for The Museum at Fort Missoula, executive director of the Montana Women’s Lobby, the director of two Youth Conservation Corps programs, project director for the Montana Community Foundation and interim director of Missoula’s Partnership Health Center.

Sands’ talk is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women Missoula and UM’s Department of History, School of Social Work and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program.

For more information call G.G. Weix from AAUW Missoula at 406-529-7191 or email


Contact: G.G. Weix, professor, UM Department of Anthropology, 406-529-7191,