One of the biggest stories of the mid-term election cycle is the record number of women running for political office. Women nationwide are finding their voices when it comes to a myriad of issues. In January 2017 millions of women took to the streets worldwide for the first-ever Women’s March. In Montana, the Women’s March on the steps of the Capitol in Helena was largest public demonstration in state history, with smaller rallies held statewide. Women are feeling emboldened to show up, speak up, and engage in their communities. Now a record number of women are running for local, state and federal office in Montana.
On the heels of Mother’s Day, Montana Mountain Mamas, Moms Clean Air Force and Park County Environmental Council are teaming up to build on this momentum– with a uniquely Montana twist. Female community leaders from across the state are gathering for the “Mama Summit” to connect, strengthen, and deepen the network of publicly engaged Montana women. Attendees are women who are recognized leaders, organizing efforts at the local level to improve their communities and Montana. They are business owners, schoolteachers, conservationists, non-profit directors, attorneys, health advocates, past and present female elected leaders, and more. The outcome of the Mama Summit will be a powerful network of effective female advocates supporting one another as they increase civic engagement at all levels; whether it be by volunteering with community groups, joining local boards, or running for office in Montana.