The Suffrage Daily News (Montana; 1914-191?)
Montana women had worked to obtain the right to vote since the 1890s without success, but in the second decade of the 20th century the leadership of Missoula suffragist, Jeannette Rankin, turned the tide, with the help of the Montana Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. In 1912, Montana suffragists organized the Montana Equal Suffrage Association. The Suffrage Daily News, published in Helena, Montana between September and November 1914, played a major part in the success of the movement.
On September 24, 1914, the third issue of the Suffrage Daily News printed a sermon by a Baptist pastor from Lewistown, Montana, named Rev. George Cross in an early edition. Rev. Cross castigated men for shutting women out of efforts to build the young state of Montana, and for “regarding women as a thing for pleasure, for childbearing, and for labor."