Tuesday, March 14th: Young Adult. Beth Judy will read from Bold Women in Montana History, a series of compelling portraits of historic heroines in the Treasure State written here in Missoula. 7pm.
From the Blackfeet warrior Running Eagle to the stereotype-smashing librarian Alma Jacobs, the eleven women portrayed in this engaging book were indeed bold– breaking down barriers of sexism, racism, and political opposition to emerge as heroines of their time. The sixth in Mountain Press's state-by-state series for teen readers, Bold Women in Montana History reveals the feminine side of the Treasure State's storied past.
Within these pages are stories of fearless femmes who dared to dream and resolved to take action. Among them we meet Annie Morgan, a Philipsburg homesteader whose mysterious life is only now coming to light; the bronc-riding Greenough sisters, Alice and Marge, who became rodeo stars during the sport's heyday; and Elouise Cobell, champion of Native American rights.
Perfect for school or home, this collection of short but informative biographies is both a valuable resource and entertaining read. For readers young and old, Bold Women in Montana History proves what women can accomplish when they dare to be bold.
"Bold Women in Montana History offers a rare series of well-researched, compelling, intimate portraits. Beth Judy has assembled a stellar cast of fascinating women that includes trail-blazing Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, talented actress Myrna Loy, and the remarkable bronc-busting Greenough sisters. But in addition to these famous women, Judy explores new territory. African American librarian Alma Jacobs, the unconventional Jewish sisters Frieda Fligelman and Belle Winestine, and Blackfeet tribal elder Elouise Cobell are not household names. Their stories, however, are no less intriguing and their legacies no less significant. The reader will discover that Judy's individual portrayals not only underscore Montana's broad cultural diversity but also reveal the true mettle of Montana women.
– Ellen Balmier, PhD, Interpretive Historian, Montana Historical Society
"This valuable historical resource fills a role in educating Montana's youth about their state's history and women's contributions to it, passing these important stories down to future generations. In this book, Beth Judy makes history accessible and relatable, creating a great addition to any Montana history curriculum."
– Penny Redly, Executive Director, Museum of the Beartooths
Beth Judy grew up near Chicago and currently lives in Missoula. After receiving a BA from Harvard University, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked in public health, the arts, and later, writing and publication services. In 1992, she moved to Missoula and earned a MFA in creative writing at the University of Montana. From 1994 to 2014, she was a producer at Montana Public Radio, where she was known for her medicinal-plants program, "The Plant Detective." As a freelance writer, Beth has written for "Prairie Home Companion" and Montana Magazine, among other publications. She loves history, traveling, nature, and her home in Montana.