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Yellowstone Women: Finding Inspiration and Identity in the West

Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium


Presenter: Betsy Watry
No matter what her background, education, or life experience, each story of  the women of  Yellowstone resonates with the evocative voice of a woman who chose to follow the call of an avant garde life in the unconventional American West, specifically Yellowstone National Park. This lecture will reveal a variety of enterprising experiences and meaningful activities for many Yellowstone women who elected not to be bound by tradition and thus to pursue paths less followed by women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These women were spirited, ambitious, independent, and most importantly, intent on becoming self-actualized on their own terms. In addition to highlighting their individual accomplishments, this lecture will also examine how many of these women pushed the boundaries of traditional gender spheres and entered male-dominated fields, either out of economic necessity or to purposefully define themselves. Join us to learn more about the women of Yellowstone who resolutely pursued their course of life with courage, conviction, and confidence.

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