How Women Have Shaped the State

Weaving the Web of Minnesota Society

Expert Essay: Rhoda R. Gilman, a founding member of Women Historians of the Midwest and a former candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, considers the influence of women in Minnesota: the Willmar 8, the Schubert Club, the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association, and much more.

Black and white photograph of a woman standing by an electric stove, 1940. Photographed by the Minneapolis Star Journal.

Woman standing by an electric stove

Woman standing by an electric stove, 1940. Photographed by the Minneapolis Star Journal.

Black and white photograph of a woman on a farm ironing, ca. 1925.

Woman on a farm ironing

Woman on a farm ironing, ca. 1925.

Black and white photograph of a woman using an electric mixer, 1938. Photographed by the Minneapolis Star Journal.

Woman using an electric mixer

Woman using an electric mixer, 1938. Photographed by the Minneapolis Star Journal.

Black and white photograph of Linda Benitt at the refrigerator in her kitchen, Dakota County, 1944.

Linda Benitt at the refrigerator in her kitchen

Linda Benitt at the refrigerator in her kitchen, Dakota County, 1944.

Black and white photograph of students of St. Catherine’s College outside Derham Hall, 1909–1910.

Students of St. Catherine’s College outside Derham Hall

Students of St. Catherine’s College outside Derham Hall, 1909–1910.

Black and white photograph of St. Catherine’s College, class of 1908, on the steps of Derham Hall.

St. Catherine’s College, class of 1908

St. Catherine’s College, class of 1908, on the steps of Derham Hall.

St. Catherine University

St. Catherine’s University is a prestigious women’s university in St. Paul. Since opening in 1905, it has grown to include a student body of over 5,000, graduate programs, a Minneapolis campus, and an extensive physical plant. The school’s inclusive atmosphere and diverse curriculum have made it one of the premier institutions of higher education in the United States.

Black and white photograph of Ella Helfrich and her prize-winning Tunnel of Fudge Bundt cake, 1966. Used with the permission of General Mills, Inc.

Ella Helfrich and her prize-winning Tunnel of Fudge Bundt cake

Ella Helfrich and her prize-winning Tunnel of Fudge Bundt cake, 1966. Used with the permission of General Mills, Inc.

Black and white photograph of Clara Bannister Congdon, 1914.

Clara Bannister Congdon

Clara Bannister Congdon, 1914.

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