Bessie Monroe discusses her career as a journalist, working as a reporter at various Montana papers including the Missoulian and the Ravalli Republican [later the Ravalli Republic]. She talks about working for the Ravalli Republican from the 1920s to the time of the interview. Monroe describes the Bitterroot Valley’s history and the Jesuit missionaries who settled there long before white settlers reached the area. She talks about her involvement with the women’s suffrage movement in Montana, the Chamber of Commerce in Hamilton, and the Women’s Club. Monroe concludes by discussing societal expectation for women during the early 20th century.
Women journalists; Montana, women; Social conditions; Missoulian; Ravalli Republican; Ravalli Republic; Women’s clubs; Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton, Montana; Bitterroot Valley, Montana; Jesuits, Montana; Missionaries, Montana
Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)
Monroe, Bessie K., "Bessie K. Monroe Interview, July 29, 1977" (1977). Montana Women's Oral History Project. 39.