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May Murphy: The Life of a Montana Suffragist

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Natalie Mongeau

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I will explore the life of May Murphy, a Montana suffragist who studied at the University of Montana, was a leader in women's multiple organizations, and worked as a nurse in Missoula. I conducted research in census records, city directories, newspapers such as The Missoulian, and UM yearbooks to highlight the daily life of a previously unknown Montana suffragist. Through her involvement in school and the community, May Murphy's life offers a perspective on the local women who were a part of the suffrage movement. By studying lesser-known suffragists we gain a better understanding of what these women were fighting for and why average women made sacrifices for the women's rights movement.

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May Murphy: The Life of a Montana Suffragist

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I will explore the life of May Murphy, a Montana suffragist who studied at the University of Montana, was a leader in women's multiple organizations, and worked as a nurse in Missoula. I conducted research in census records, city directories, newspapers such as The Missoulian, and UM yearbooks to highlight the daily life of a previously unknown Montana suffragist. Through her involvement in school and the community, May Murphy's life offers a perspective on the local women who were a part of the suffrage movement. By studying lesser-known suffragists we gain a better understanding of what these women were fighting for and why average women made sacrifices for the women's rights movement.