Belle Winestine reminisces on the years she and Jeannette Rankin spent working for women's suffrage in Montana and her experience giving speeches on the street in favor of a woman’s right to vote. Winestine recalls how she quit her job as a reporter and went to work for Rankin in Washington, D.C. after Rankin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Winestine describes he role as press secretary and a ghostwriter, authoring Jeannette’s weekly article for the Chicago Herald Syndicate. Winestine talks about her experiences as a woman working in Washington, D.C. and how she was treated. She also shares memories of Rankin’s dissenting vote on the U.S. House’s resolution to declare war on Germany during World War One. Winestine remembers how Rankin cried following the vote. She explains the professional nature of her friendship with Rankin, and describes the different relationships among the Rankin family members.
Montana politicians; Montana Republicans; Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973; Rankin, Wellington, 1884-1966; Women’s suffrage; Pacifism; Women in politics
Jeannette Rankin Oral History Project, OH 104, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 104-004, 005
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)
Winestine, Belle, "Belle Winestine Interview" (1980). Jeannette Rankin Oral History Project. 1.