What can you do to celebrate Montana women’s history?
Identify active women in your community, past and present and find a way to honor them at a city council or other public meeting.
Register to vote and encourage others to vote. Protect the hard-fought victory. Find out if local high schools have information about voter registration for 18 year olds or help them celebrate their new voting status. For information about voter registration and elections in Montana see the Secretary of State’s Election and Voting page.
Host a Montana women’s history program or speaker. See a list of speakers available through Humanities Montana.
Create or preserve local cookbooks. Montana women from Cowbelles to church-goers compiled recipes as fundraisers for their community building efforts. The Montana Historical Society has over one hundred cookbooks dating from 1881 through 2006.
Choose books by or about Montana women for your book club selection.
Visit historic sites in your community related to women’s history. Visit the Places page to plan your next adventure or create and share a women’s history walking tour of your own community.
Visit the women’s history mural in the Montana capitol building.
Keep a diary. Historians rely on diaries to understand social history, including the lives of every day women. You can read diaries written by earlier Montana women by visiting your local historical society, the Montana Historical Society, or by looking online.
Go on a bicycle ride—Susan B. Anthony said that bicycles “did more to emancipate women than anything in the world.” *
Donate a women’s history collection to either the Montana Historical Society or your local museum and library. If you belong to a women’s organization, find out where the records are and make sure they are preserved.
Find out what role women played in your community, school, church, business, club or agency and prepare a display or record their history through an oral history interview.
Attend a high school or college sporting event for girls to celebrate women’s sports equity through Title IX.
Teach young Montanans about our influential women. See our women’s history lesson plans and share the link with area teachers.
This page took its inspiration from Washington state’s suffrage celebration, and we owe them thanks!
* Quoted in Lynn Sherr, Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words (Times Books, 1995), p. 196.