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I will investigate the club and suffrage work of Waltrene Willis, a resident of Thomson Falls, Glasgow and Garfield Montana between 1900 and 1920, who worked as the recording secretary for the Montana Equal Suffrage State Central Committee. I conducted research in federal census records, publications of the Glasgow Courier and The Suffrage Daily News, and the contemporary publication of the Montana Woman. My research on Waltrene Willis illustrates the range of activities that were conducted by Progressive-era women in Montana. Involved in everything from the Sunflower Art Club to Glasgow’s Political Equality League, Willis’s career serves as an example of the work women did to achieve suffrage. Understanding the activities of the women devoted to the cause of suffrage in Montana is critical in furthering our knowledge of Montana women’s history.
Waltrene Willis: A Montana Suffragist