Women Elders Speak
Reflecting on the Pandemic

by Compiled by Jo Anne Troxel

edited by Jayne Maginot

published by Jo Anne Troxel

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • Spring 2020, a word-wide pandemic hit, the likes of which has not been seen in over a century. The world came to a screeching halt for some, others, it went into overdrive. We have been pummeled with cliché’s, “unprecedented times’”, ““we are all in this together”. While these are meant to inspire, they gloss over the intricacies and realities of what each of us have experienced.

    Third generation Montanan and Bozeman octogenarian Jo Anne Salisbury Troxel retired English teacher, together with her dear friend, Dr. Marcia Prather, united despite their differing viewpoints and embarked on a project to offer the light of hope in these dark and difficult days. Jo Anne’s contagious spirit inspires individuals to act and speak out and this book is a testament to her effectiveness. The result, after reaching out to women in their inner circles with a simple request: share your experience of the 2020 Spring Pandemic. Forty-two women responded to their call. This is their book.

    • Diverse

    • Inspiring

    • Thought provoking

    • Timely and Timeless

144 pages, 6 x 9

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9781715497590

December 2020





Women Elders Speak
Reflecting on the Pandemic

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Compiled by Jo Anne Troxel align= Jo Anne Salisbury Troxel is a third-generation Montanan who grew up on the Flathead/Salish/Kootenai reservation at Arlee, Montana. She received her undergraduate and masters degree from Montana State University. She also attended summer school for seven years at Christ Church, Oxford, England. She retired from Headwaters Academy in Bozeman in the spring of 2003, where as head of the English Department, she organized an innovative program for the high school. Previous to that, she taught English and creative writing for twenty-three years at Bozeman Senior High School, as well as conducting writing workshops in Bozeman and around the state.

She is a grassroots organizer and activist, and over the years has been involved with social issues such as women's rights, the environment, and universal health. She helped organize the local Gallatin Valley Human Rights Task Force. Most recently, she has been on the advisory board of KGVM, Gallatin Valley Community Radio. She is also active in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bozeman. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and served on the Montana Arts Council for several years, and was also president of Beall Park Art Center, relocated now to the Emerson Cultural Center. She is still writing.

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