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        The People | The Montana Constitutional Convention

        There was a unique dynamic in play when it came time to elect the delegates to the Montana Constitutional Convention and that was a prohibition from any standing office holder becoming a delegate. The result was a true citizen-delegate effort. It might be surprising to your students to see how many women identified themselves as housewives. Delving deeper, though, one finds that these housewives were also the ones who had been on local school boards, participated in League of Women Voters, or did the fundraising for local candidates. Many of them had training as nurses or teachers but had “retired” to raise families. There were many farmer/ranchers, many educators, and quite a few business owners. This activity focuses your students’ attention on these people.

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