MISSOULA – The Republican and Democratic national committees have declared March
Women’s History Month.
Friday marked International Women’s Day and to honor that the University of Montana hosted the 12th annual Missoula Women’s Fair on Saturday.
Businesses came to help out a pair of local nonprofits and event organizer Megan Pfaff says about 1,000 people showed up for the event.
“It’s just really important for women to feel empowered, and have all the information that they need to better themselves,” Pfaff said.
Donations from silent auctions and a raffle will go to MCT and the Missoula Walk Out of
Missoula Out of Darkness Walk Chair Nancy Yates who lost her son to suicide in 2011 says events like the one on Saturday gives people an opportunity to talk.
“Just to touch people and say we have to talk about this. It’s the only way we’re going to
reduce the rate of suicide in this state, Yates said.
“Suicide is the leading cause of death in Montana per capita, so we have to talk about it
and we have to do something to prevent it,” she said.
The next Missoula Out of the Darkness Walk event is a mud bog and truck race in May to honor Austen Martell.