Operating out of Athens, Georgia, since 1976, the Jeannette Rankin Foundation (founded by Jeannette herself and some admirers) assists women over age 35 in going back to school, a step that improves their lives and those of their families and communities.
IOW Producer Beth Judy talks with Sue Lawrence, ED of the foundation, and also, Francy Moll of Polson, Montana, a Rankin Scholarship alumna. Originally aired Oct. 7, 2014.
The tiny town of White Sulphur Springs swells at the end of July when thousands arrive for fine music and a good time. It’s the Red Ants Pants Festival, associated with the Red Ants Pants Company, manufacturer of work wear for women, and benefitting the Red Ants Pants Foundation, focused in part on projects to help women succeed. Producer Beth Judy talks by phone with Festival Operations Manager Allie Olson and PR/Press Director Kat Healy. Find out more about this festival phenom and how it all goes down. This summer’s festival dates are July 24-27; more info at http://www.redantspantsmusicfestival.com.
Activist Pramila Jayapal is one of the United States’ best thinkers today. An immigrant from India herself, she came to the US at 16, thanks to her parents’ sacrifices, and worked on Wall Street after college, but then turned to issues affecting immigrants, migrants, and America’s diverse populations.
Bad immigration policy disproportionately and adversely affects women, Jayapal argues, and immigration reformers and women’s movement organizations need to unite on the issue. Today, Jayapal chairs the “We Belong Together” campaign on women and immigration (www.webelongtogether.org). Missoula-area activist and author Kay Whitlock converses with Jayapal, and Jayapal’s essay with Gloria Steinem on immigration policy as a women’s issue is read after the conversation. Originally aired June 10, 2014. Produced by Kay Whitlock and Beth Judy, with thanks to Beth Anne Austein.
We know it’s the hundredth birthday of women’s suffrage in Montana. How did that victory actually come about?
Martha Kohl and producer Beth Judy delve into the details of the huge political effort that was required. Was it all about Jeannette Rankin? Where in the state did suffrage pass and where did it not? Did it succeed by a landslide? (No!) What strategies did suffragists use?
Kohl, with the Montana Historical Society, also talks about the Society’s great website, Women’s History Matters. It celebrates the history of all Montana women, sensitive to the fact that Indian women didn’t win voting rights in 1914–only later. This program aired Apr. 22, 2014.
Jeannette Rankin, Suffragist & First US Congresswoman
Judy Blunt published her memoir of growing up in northeastern Montana, Breaking Clean, in 2002. On this show, which aired Feb. 18, 2014, she reads a chapter about the winter storm of 1964. It will chill you, make you cringe and possibly even weep.
Not totally unrelated in content, Amy Cilimburg, Climate Change Outreach Coordinator for Montana Audubon, updates us at the beginning of the show on snow and Sochi, winter athletes taking action, the XL Pipeline and boreal forest, and Montana coal. Blunt’s reading begins about 14 minutes into the show.
“Those who forget have the wind to jog their memory, wind slipping evenly through the sage, dusting across the fields. Watch your back, it’s whispering. This land owes you nothing.” –“Salvage,” Breaking Clean
With the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival coming up, Leora Bar-El explores the documentary genre with director-producers Lindsay Blatt and Samantha Grant. Blatt made “Herd in Iceland,” which examines the culture surrounding the centuries-old tradition of herding horses in Iceland. Grant’s “A Fragile Trust” looks into the story of New York Times “serial plagiarist” Jayson Blair.
Growing up on a farm near Billings, Chani Nava loved the night sky but never dreamed she’d delve into its physical heart. Today she’s part of the Minerva Telescope Project, a collaboration between the University of Montana, Harvard, and other schools here and abroad. She explains Minerva and also why astrophysics stirs her passions. She also tells what she learned last summer on Nantucket Island (Massachusetts) following in the footsteps of America’s first noted female astronomer and feminist, Maria Mitchell. After the talk with Nava, more about Mitchell, plus a spotlight on 4th-century Chinese woman poet Su Hui, author of the visual poem, “Star Gauge.”
The show begins with a brief commentary, originally aired on Montana Evening News in early January, by Annie Heuscher about the importance & challenges of local agriculture (approx. 5 minutes).
Produced by Beth Judy with engineering by Jen Euell; broadcast Jan. 14, 2014.