Belle Winestine Interview, July 14, 1980

Interviewee

Belle Winestine

Interviewer

Helen Bonner

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Description

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.

Document Type

Oral History

Subjects

Montana politicians; Montana Republicans; Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973; Rankin, Wellington, 1884-1966; Women’s suffrage; Pacifism; Women in politics

Original Date

7-14-1980

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana

Language

eng

Original Collection

Jeannette Rankin Oral History Project, OH 104, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 104-004, 005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:23:19 minutes

Local Filename

OH_104_004_005.mp3; OH_104_004_005.pdf

Belle Winestine Interview, July 14, 1980

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