Vivian Halinan Interview, July 16, 1980


Vivian Halinan


Helen Bonner



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Vivian Halinan describes traveling with her friend, Jeannette Rankin, to Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) in 1968 when they were both members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Halinan talks about Rankin’s non-political interests and activities, noting that Rankin was not the political animal that people thought her to be. Halinan shares her experience helping Rankin with the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, an organization that coordinated women’s protests against the Vietnam War across the United States. Halinan goes on to discuss Rankin’s decisions to vote against both World Wars. She also recalls Rankin’s close friendships and family ties as well as her sense of duty towards her siblings and her attitudes towards marriage which influenced her decision not to marry.


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Document Type

Oral History


Montana politicians; Republican Party; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Vietnam War, 1955-1975; World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945; Rankin, Wellington; Feminism; Jeannette Rankin Brigade; Pacifism; Rankin, Jeannette, 1880-1973; Rankin, Wellington, 1884-1966; Women in politics

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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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 104-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:55:40 minutes

Local Filename

OH_104_002.mp3; OH_104_002.pdf

Vivian Halinan Interview, July 16, 1980