2020 Women’s March in Helena: Put a Woman in Charge!

At noon on January 18, 2020, on the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, Montanans from all over the state will converge on our Capital City at Memorial Park to join the 2020 Women’s March in Helena; and our message is simple, put a woman in charge!

Women are the largest voting block in Montana and in the United States, they are successful business owners, effective leaders in our homes, schools, and our communities; we believe our country would be best served when we elect women to positions of power.

If you believe all women should have the freedom from violence, access to appropriate and affordable health care, equal pay for equal work, freedom from discrimination based on ability, age, race, income, religious beliefs and gender norms, and the right to self-determination; join us.

Kathleen Williams, the three-term state legislator, is keynote, along with; Bella Nyman, Montana’s Children’s Miracle Network champion, Elsie Harrington of Montana Youth Action, Jessica Lahr of the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Nancy Leifer the president of Montana League of Women Voters, Melissa Romano, 2018 teacher of the year, and Whitney Williams, 6th generation Montanan, outstanding businesswoman.

We will have poetry by Montana Poets Laureate Mandy Smoker Broaddus and Melissa Kwansy, music by Judy Fjell and the Montana Women’s Chorus, and a special welcome by Helena City Manager Ana Cortez. Emcees are Rep Mary Ann Dunwell, Judy Fjell, and Rachel Carroll Rivas.

Marchers are encouraged to bring donated item(s) to the March to help Helena Food Share, The Friendship Center and God’s Love.  Their needs list includes canned food, socks, blankets, hats, gloves, sweatpants, hoodies, conditioner, dish soap, or garbage bags.  The complete list is on the Women’s March Facebook Page.

Plan on coming early to visit with our organization supporters, meet new friends and speakers and pick up your “Put a Woman in Charge” pin.  Please dress warmly.

Event Program

Here’s the program for the Women’s March in Helena on January 18th

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Talk with organizations participating at the March, chat with speakers, drop off your donated items, donate funds and pick up your “Put a Woman in Charge” pin, register to vote, sign up to volunteer to register voters, learn about the Census, make new friends.

12:00 pm Rally Starts at Bandshell at Memorial Park. Emcees for the March are Rachel Carroll Rivas, Judy Fjell and Mary Ann Dunwell

  • Ana Cortez Welcomes Marchers to Helena
  • Music by Judy Fjell, Women’s Chorus, Wilbur Rehmann on saxophone and MJ Williams on trombone performing the Keb’ Mo’/Roseanne Cash hit “Put a Woman in Charge”
  • Speakers Kathleen Williams, Elsie Harrington, and Bella Nyman
  • Poetry by Melissa Kwasny and Mandy Smoker Broaddus
  • Music “I Am One Voice” performed by Cathy Barker
  • Speakers Melissa Romano, Jessica Lahr, and Whitney Williams
  • Music “You Ran for Us” performed by Judy Fjell, Women’s Chorus, Wilbur Rehmann & MJ Williams
  • Speaker Nancy Leifer
  • Music “Bella Ciao” performed by Judy Fjell, Women’s Chorus, Wilbur Rehmann & MJ Williams

1:30 pm March Starts from Bandshell in Memorial Park to the song “Give a Little Love”

Find more information about the Women’s March including bios and photos of speakers, poets, and emcees at the event Facebook Page

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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