Red Ants Pants - A Belief in Integrity and Hips

Red Ants Pants

When Sarah Calhoun was just four years old, she had a dream - a dream which consisted of a stronger foundation, rugged and tough textures, and designs to produce confidence within working woman of all sizes. Although these ambitious thoughts may not circulate through your typical four-year-old’s daily routine, Calhoun was dedicated. With her hard work in the outdoor education industry she had become a quick inspiration to entrepreneurs nationwide, rooting from her farm in rural Connecticut.

“We believe in being brave and self-reliant.”

While working on leadership experience for non-profit and small business sectors, Calhoun’s dream turned reality in 2006 – the founding year of the Red Ants Pants. Tired of wearing men’s work pants that were either too big or too bulky, Calhoun designed work pants for the working woman’s dynamic lifestyle. Inspired to move away from her farm in Connecticut, she set up shop in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. With her dedication to supporting rural communities, Calhoun is able to run her storefront, distribution center and international headquarters within her historic saddle shop.

“We know butts, we know hips, and we know curves. In fact, we celebrate them.”

When asked the reasoning behind the Red Ants Pants name, Calhoun offers up the answer to this question, with an opposing question: “Did you know that in an ant colony, the women do all the work?” With this in mind, her mission was to provide workwear for women, for the makers and the growers, the builders and the doers. She is maintaining this mission while supporting women with humor and heart, quality and class, integrity and courage.

“We believe in feeling good about our bodies; in our workpants, in our pretty aprons, and even skinny dipping.”

Calhoun possesses grit, which has awarded her with national recognition over many years. Some of these awards and recognitions include: 2015 Small Business Majority’s Small Business Leadership Summit delegate, 2015 Young Alumni Achievement Award for career development and service at Gettysburg College, feature in Airstream Life Magazine, National Geographic “Best of Montana in Fall: Shopping feature, feature in The Furrow – John Deere’s Agricultural journal and many more.

“We believe in our own strength and in the strength of community.”

As the “revolutionary figure in rural business today” and a “powerhouse of inspiration for women in business”, Calhoun has risen to the top ranks of success as a rural entrepreneur. She encourages and mentors other hard working women who also have the same dream as she once did – strong foundations with independent work ethic and looking good at the same time.

For the full story on the Red Ants Pants, music festival and foundation, visit or find the story in our September/October issue of the Pink Tractor magazine.


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