MN90: Women Strike for Equal Pay

In the late 1970s, eight female employees from the Citizens’ National Bank in Willmar stirred up controversy in their town and across the country when they filed a complaint against the bank for unequal pay and gender discrimination. The Willmar 8, as they were called, formed their own union and went on strike for two years. MN90 producer Marisa Helms tells us the Willmar 8 came to symbolize the uphill climb many American women face when seeking equity in the workplace.

MN90:Fiddler on a Chanhassen Roof

The not-so tiny town of Chanhassen, Minnesota is home to one of the longest running dinner theater's in the country. It began when Herbert and Carolyn Bloomberg, both lovers of Broadway shows, asked themselves, " Wouldn't it be nice to have a little bit of Broadway in Chanhassen?" Now, four decades and over ten million visitors later, the rest is history. Allison Herrera tells us about the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.

Monument to 2nd Minnesota Regiment at Mission Ridge, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Monument to 2nd Minnesota Regiment at Mission Ridge, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Monument to 2nd Minnesota Regiment at Mission Ridge, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Photograph of a rectangular stone monument with metal plaque honoring the Fourth Minnesota regiment

Monument to 4th Minnesota Regiment, Vicksburg National Military Park

Monument to 4th Minnesota Regiment, Vicksburg National Military Park

Black and white photograph of monument to First Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery.

Monument to First Battery, Minnesota Light Artillery.

As the photo's label states, this monument at Shiloh National Military Park was dedicated on April 10, 1908.

Black and white photograph of the Second Minnesota Artillery monument at Chickamauga, Georgia, taken c.1890.

Monument to Second Minnesota battery of light artillery at Chickamauga

Photograph of the Second Minnesota Artillery monument at Chickamauga, Georgia, taken c.1890.

photograph of uniformed motorette

Motorette Helen Murphy

Motorette Helen Murphy at the Snelling Station, Snelling and University Avenues, St. Paul, about 1945.

Photograph of motorette boarding a streetcar

Motorette Helen Murphy

Motorette Helen Murphy, St. Paul, 1946.

photograph of a streetcar at a station

Motorette operating a streetcar, c. 1945

In this photo from about 1945, a streetcar operated by a motorette from Mahtomedi to downtown St. Paul boards a passenger at Ivy Street and Furness Parkway in St. Paul's Hazel Park neighborhood.

photograph of three uniformed motorettes

Motorettes Marie Hagen, Bernice Nelson, and Verna Fox

Motorettes Marie Hagen (left), Bernice Nelson, and Verna Fox at Lake Street Station, Twenty-first Avenue South and Lake Street, Minneapolis, 1945.

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