‘The Women Who Shaped Montana’: New documentary premieres Wednesday at The Myrna Loy

MARGA LINCOLN For the Independent Record

Yes, more than one woman has contributed to Montana’s rich history.

Yet, most people think of Jeannette Rankin and then their minds go blank.

Well, several enterprising, history-loving women set out to change that.

The result is a 40-minute documentary film, “The Story of Us: The Women Who Shaped Montana,” that makes its world premiere at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at The Myrna Loy.

The film is slated to be broadcast on Montana PBS in the future, according to filmmaker Kimberly Hogberg.

North By Northwest and the Extreme History Project collaborated on it, said the Helena native, who is a producer and editor with NXNW.

The film focuses on the stories and contributions of four fascinating women who overcame some seemingly insurmountable odds to be successful: Sarah Bickford, Rose Hum Lee, Maggie Smith Hathaway and Susie Walking Bear Yellowtail.

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Photo Courtesy of the Montana Historical Society

“I love that each of them is very unique and different and had struggles …. but they did

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