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The Strong Women Project
Alex is an organic farmer. She is the manager for Missoula's PEAS Farm. Photo courtesy The Strong Women Project

An exhibit that features 15 Missoula women leaders, educators and community activists – “The Strong Women Project” – is now on view at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana.

The exhibit includes black-and-white portraits of the women with their responses about what makes a strong woman. It will be in the library’s main floor Learning Commons through Wednesday, March 31.

The project was developed by UM students Shane McMillan, Richelle DeVoe and Laura Pflum. The students started the project as a group assignment for a UM women’s studies class.

“We had so much fun that we just had to keep doing it,” said McMillan, who is the project photographer.

The students plan to photograph more strong women. Their goal is to publish a book to share with area organizations who work to make women stronger.

“We want to give something back to the community and recognize the hardworking women who define our community – to honor them for their contributions,” McMillan said.

The students hope to do more photo shoots for the project. Photo shoots follow a formula McMillan calls “interview without words” and usually run 15 minutes to an hour.

“They are more like interviews with pauses for photos,” she said.

Information about the project is online at www.thestrongwomen

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