National Organization for Women shares words in recognition of suffrage

Today, June 4th, is the on hundredth anniversary of the nineteenth Amendment which gave women the right to vote. This was a major step for women to participate as equal human beings in the function of decision making and government. Increasing women’s ability to participate without barriers in the democratic process is still needed, and is an important part of BPW’s mission to support and empower women politically.

The National Organization for Women has released an article recognizing the date and its significance, which BPW would like to share with members (From NOW):

“One hundred years ago, on June 4th, 1919, Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment and sent it off to the states for ratification. The amendment is brief, simply stating: ‘The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.’

This hundredth year anniversary only marks the anniversary of the amendment’s passage. Women were still deprived of the right to vote as it took another year for the states to actually ratify the Nineteenth Amendment and even longer for it to be enforced. However, this day marks a milestone in the long struggle for women’s suffrage; a struggle that began in Seneca Falls in 1848 and one that is still a struggle for minority groups to this day.

As NOW celebrates this important anniversary, we recognize that not all women gained their right to vote at the same time. Black women faced Jim Crow laws and voter suppression efforts until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 enforced voter’s rights. Native American women were not considered citizens until 1924, and had to fight state by state for the right to vote, with New Mexico being the final state to guarantee their voting rights in 1962.

During this anniversary, NOW recognizes the significance of the right to vote. NOW works tirelessly with our grassroots activists to protect voting rights and to help citizens exercise their right to vote.”

To learn more about how NOW advocates for women, click here.

 Volunteer businesses needed for donation sites for MSU “Executive Closet” summer clothing drive!

BPW is partnering with the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success at MSU to collect professional clothing for, and provide assistance for, the MSU Executive Closet event. Each year in the fall, MSU hosts this wonderful program to provide students with the opportunity to acquire free professional clothing along with tips for how to pair outfits and dress for success – giving students the resources and tools to dress professionally for career fairs, interviews and their first jobs out of college!  Students are able to select and keep a complete professional outfit from a selection of donated clothing.

Some BPW members businesses helped out last year by hosting a bin at their storefront or office as a donation/clothing drop off location. Other individual BPW members helped set up and facilitate the fall clothing giveaway event. Thanks so much to those who participated last year for your help!

We would like to increase our support this year and are calling for volunteers to help in the following areas:

Be a Clothing Donation Host Site

We are looking for host sites who would be willing to act as a drop-off location for donations:

  • A collection bin and signage will be provided to you. 
  • Donations will be collected from your site on a regular basis as determined by you and the collection team from MSU’s Sigma Nu fraternity (but usually every 2 weeks depending on volume)
  • The Clothing Drive will start in mid-June and run until August 23, 2019

Help Prep and Staff the Executive Closet on September 17

If you are not able to be a host site, but would like to assist in other ways, please consider:

  • Help sort donations 1-2 times this summer (dates and times tbd)
  • Help set up the event on Monday, September 16, 2019 4 p.m. – ???
  • Provide clothing assistance to students the day of the event, Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please contact BPW President Melissa Herron at if you have questions or would like to sign up to be a clothing donation site and/or help out!

Thank you,

Melissa Herron
2019 BBPW President


Erin MCormick
Associate Director
MSU Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success

 Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba: LIVE MUSIC and Pint Night Benefit

An announcement from Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba:

LIVE MUSIC and Community Pint Night Benefit at MAP Brewing Co. Monday, June 3rd, 4-8pm

Join Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba on Monday, June 3 from 4-8 PM, at MAP Brewing Company’s Community Pint Night, featuring LIVE MUSIC with Doug Wales and his group of musicians from “Building A Bridge from Montana to Havana,” great BEER, Cuba travel updates and info on other Montana solidarity projects with Cuba. Join recent travelers to Cuba – including women community leaders – for Tales of Adventure and learn more about the Bridge Project, MT-Cuba Health Project and win BIG with our RAFFLE with prizes direct from Cuba – all proceeds benefit these Projects!!  Cash only for Raffle tix donations please.  Event is free and all are welcome.


 Exploring Paid Family and Medical Leave affects on Adult Health

      An announcement from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research:    
    You’re Invited  

WEBINAR  – Work Supports for Adult Health:
The Role of Paid Family and Medical Leave

May 31, 2019 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (PT) / 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (ET)    

Register Here

Many Americans struggle to balance work and caregiving responsibilities. As the United States population ages — with the U.S. Census Bureau projecting that by 2035 those 65 and older will outnumber the youth for the first time in history – the number of men and women who are providing care for someone age 65 and older will continue to increase. In addition, one in seven people live with an adult with a disability.   This panel will explore the impact that paid leave has on improving adult health outcomes.

This webinar is the third in a series of three webinars produced in partnership with Policies for Action—a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, administered by the Urban Institute—on the impacts of work supports on health outcomes.  

Moderator Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Panelists Dr. Kanika Arora, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management & Policy, University of Iowa
Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality & the Economic Security and Opportunity Initiative, Georgetown Law
Lynn Friss Feinberg, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
Josephine F. Kalipeni, Director of Policy and Federal Affairs, Caring Across Generations


 MSU Women of History Event

An announcement from MSU College of Education, Health & Human Development:

Historian Dr. Robert Rydell Interviews Dr. Ellen Kriegbaum, who was one of 5 women who sued the MT Board of Regents and the MT University System for equal pay and promotion for women.

Tuesday, May 21, 5:30-7pm

MSU SUB Ballroom B

Followed by a “Where Are We Now?” discussion led by Professor of History & Philosophy, Dr. Kristen Intemann

Dr. Rydell will interview Dr. Ellen Kreigbaum, professor of Biomechanics, the first Director of the MSU Women’s Athletics and one of 125 women honored by MSU and President Cruzado during MSU’s 125th Anniversary celebration.

In 1976, Dr. Kreigbaum and four other plaintiffs, won a lawsuit against MT State and the Board of Regents for discriminating “against women by underutilizing women in certain departments, and by applying inequitable standards regarding salary, promotion, tenure and appointment of women to prominent university committees.”

Dr. Intemann will discuss a range of issues still confronting women in academia such as inclusivity/climate, pay, harassment, retribution, implicit discrimination, microaggressions, and work/life challenges

This event is FREE and is open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by College of Education, Health & Human Development Department of History Department of Political Science TRIO Student Support Services