Don’t let the Name Trick You - A Foundation that Covers More than Pants

Red Ants Pants Foundation

It’s more than pants…it’s the support, preservation and power of the traditional hard-working women. We know how essential women’s work is to our Pink Tractor community and so does Red Ants Pants. Centering around everything woman, Red Ants Pants has a solid track record for the past seven years for providing quality workwear for all shapes and sizes of our hard-working women.

“Supporting Women in Leadership Roles in our Communities, in our Work Places, and in our Homes”

Showing support for the hard-working side of Montana women is the most important aspect of the Red Ants Pants Foundation – founded by Sarah Calhoun and the Red Ants Pants staff in 2011. Women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities are the three major focuses of the Red Ants Pants Foundation. Consisting of a seven person Board of Directors, this foundation is able to bring awareness to strong backs, good craftsmanship and calloused hands – things that shouldn’t be left in the past.

 In 2011, the Red Ants Pants Foundation launched its first program, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. That first year, over 6,000 fans celebrated the rural area in a cow pasture. Coming up on its seventh year, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival donates all proceeds to the Red Ants Pants Foundation. With these proceeds, the foundation is able to run a community grant cycle every year, teaching timber skills workshops and women’s leadership events.

Preserving Family Farms and Ranches Because the Lifestyle, the Work Ethic, and the End Product is Worth Preserving

When asked what the Red Ants Pants Foundation believes in, Calhoun responded with “We believe in the value of rural communities because in small towns we need each other and we maintain the personal connection. We believe in preserving family farms and ranches because the lifestyle, the work ethic, and the end product is worth preserving. And we believe in the power of music because it brings people together and moves us in ways we need to be moved.”

In 2016, the Red Ants Pants Foundation and the festival were featured in The New York Times and The Huffington Post for its dedication to the community. Sarah Calhoun’s commitment has brought her the Red Ants Pants national recognition over the past seven years.

Read the full story on the Red Ants Pants, the music festival and the foundation on or catch the story in our September/October issue of Pink Tractor’s magazine.

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