Belle Winestine Interview, July 14, 1980


Belle Winestine


Helen Bonner



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Winestine, Belle Fligelman, 1891-1985 – Interviews; Winestine, Belle Fligelman, 1891-1985 -- Political activity; Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973 -- Political activity; Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973; Suffragists -- Montana – Interviews; Women journalists -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Political activity -- United States – Biography; Women -- Suffrage – Montana; Montana -- Politics and government -- History -- 20th century; United States -- Politics and government -- History -- 20th century; World War, 1914-1918 -- Women -- United States; World War, 1914-1918 -- Moral and ethical aspects; Women pacifists -- Montana – Biography; Women pacifists -- Political activity – Montana; Women pacifists -- Political activity -- United States; Women legislators -- Montana – Biography

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




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


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 /

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