STANLEY, N.D. — Women here sipped champagne and got pampered Tuesday with men dressed in tuxes doing all of the work.
Farmers Union Oil of Stanley and Tioga held a celebration of women to honor farm wives and other women in the community.
“They’re the ones that always get left out,” said John Knox, operations manager. “It’s always about the guys in the field.”
Jolene Brown, a professional speaker from Iowa who talked to the group, said women in the community in the middle of an oil boom are confronted with many changes.
“In the midst of all the flurry, sometimes you have to pause to applaud,” Brown said.
Women said they enjoyed having an evening to be spoiled and connect with other women.
“We pretty much live in a world of men here,” said Bev Neset of Stanley. “It’s nice to have something just for women.”
Women were greeted at the door with a yellow rose and champagne glass etched with “Celebration of Women.”
Judy Johnson of Stanley said it was rare to have an opportunity to get dressed up.
“We hardly ever go out and eat,” Johnson said.
Keeping their dress clothes mud-free was a challenge. Some women wore rubber boots through the muddy parking lot at the Mountrail County Fair Building and changed into dress shoes.
Steven Jensen, a board member for Farmers Union, put boots over his tux and offered women valet parking so they didn’t have to get muddy.
Brown said women were seated with people they didn’t know to encourage them to meet new people.
“You are all each other’s families right now,” Brown said. “There is nothing better than the sisterhood we have in this room.”
Brown also spent time this week visiting with employees of Farmers Union, a rapidly growing cooperative that will open a second Cenex location in Tioga this spring. Brown said she emphasized finding balance in their lives.
“I don’t want your employees to go bust,” Brown said.