Northwest College Students Honor Anniversary Of Women's Suffrage

Dec 9, 2019

Earlier this week, Amy McKinney's Women in the West course practiced their presentations in class that they'll each give at the Dec. 10 event
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Students from Northwest College will present their findings on women in Wyoming as part of a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in Wyoming.

The Northwest College's Women in the West history class focused on suffrage and women in Wyoming this year. Throughout the fall semester, the class held different events in Powell on women in the state. For the final event, each student will give a short presentation about one impactful woman.

"What I think is nice about these presentations is, although it doesn't directly look at suffrage in and of itself, I think what it does do, is it shows the opportunities that women had in Wyoming, and all the various ways women have contributed to our history," said Amy McKinney, an associate professor in history at Northwest College.

McKinney said the five students will present in a conservational. The women presented include a postmistress, a women rancher and a white teacher who taught at Heart Mountain, an interment camp outside of Cody during World War II.

"We have another student who is looking at another woman rancher, but she lived outside of Greybull. And she started writing a column kind of like a humorous, satirical column, writing about her experiences as a rural woman in Wyoming," said McKinney.

McKinney received a grant from the American Heritage Center in Laramie to use its archives about women in Wyoming. After the five students present, the audience will vote for their favorite presentation and the winner will receive a $150 prize. The celebration is free and open to the public.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Kamila Kudelska, at kkudelsk@uwyo.edu.