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Black and white photograph of members of the Minneapolis Workmen's Circle, c.1920.

Members of the Workmen's Circle

Members of the Minneapolis Workmen's Circle, c.1920. Forms part of the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photography Collection, Theresa and Paul Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Black and white photograph of members of the Minneapolis Workmen's Circle, 1919.

Workmen’s Circle members

Members of the Minneapolis Workmen's Circle pose for a photograph at the Labor Lyceum on the North Side of Minneapolis, 1919. Forms part of the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photography Collection, Theresa and Paul Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Black and white photograph of attendees of the Semi-Annual Conference of the Northwestern District Organization Committee of the Workmen's Circle, held in St. Paul on September 1, 1918.

Workmen’s Circle conference attendees

Photograph of attendees of the Semi-Annual Conference of the Northwestern District Organization Committee of the Workmen's Circle, held in St. Paul on September 1, 1918. Forms part of the Sharron and Oren Steinfeldt Photography Collection, Theresa and Paul Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Labor Lyceum and Workmen’s Circle

A small, committed group of Jewish immigrants raised the funds needed to build the Labor Lyceum at 1426 Sixth Avenue North in Minneapolis in 1915. The two-story brick and stucco building was a hub for radical Jewish cultural, political, and social activities for the next thirty-five years.

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: A Socialist Opera House Brings Pride to the Finnish Immigrant Community

Finnish immigrants came to Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range to take jobs in the mines. Because working conditions were brutal, many went on strike 1916. The action cost them their jobs and the strikers were blacklisted. Producer Allison Herrera tells us about a special meeting place that elevated the community.

MN90: The Citizens League

What makes Minnesota unique? The lakes, the weather...and the Minnesota Citizen's League. For over 60 years, the Minnesota Citizens League has helped tackle some of the toughest problems in the state. MN90 producer Allison Herrera tells us more about this influential organization.

Color image of "Remember 'The WILLMAR 8' Chimera Theatre Nov. 12" button, 1980.

Willmar 8 button

"Remember 'The WILLMAR 8' Chimera Theatre Nov. 12" button, 1980.

Black and white photograph of the Willmar 8 on strike, c.1977

Willmar 8, striking bank employees in Willmar

Photograph of the Willmar 8's picket line c.1977.

The Willmar 8 Bank Strike

For nearly two years, eight female employees of Willmar's Citizens National Bank, dubbed the Willmar 8, picketed in front of their downtown workplace seeking pay equity. They never got pay increases, they never got strike-related compensation, and after the strike, only one woman returned to work at the bank for more than a few months. But for the women's movement, the 1977-1979 strike was a resounding success. It was a chink in the armor of the institutional sexism women faced in the workplace.

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