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 Florence Rood, c.1920s.

Florence Rood

Florence Rood, c.1920s.

Rood, Florence (1873–1944)

Florence Rood was one of the first Minnesota women activists in the Farmer Labor movement. She worked to improve the treatment of teachers and was active in their local and national organizations. Many of the successful struggles in which she participated informed the public of the importance of education and laid the groundwork for improved working conditions for educators.

Black and white publicity photograph of Hilda Simms, c.1955.

Publicity photograph of Hilda Simms

A publicity photograph of Hilda Simms, c.1955.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms surrounded by her mother, several of her siblings, and nephews, c.1955.

Hilda Simms with her family

Hilda Simms surrounded by her mother, several of her siblings, and nephews, c.1955.

Black and white promotional photograph of Hilda Simms for the film Black Widow, 1954.

Hilda Simms Promotional Photograph for "Black Widow"

A promotional photograph of Hilda Simms for the film Black Widow, 1954.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms (right) posed with one of her younger sisters, Laura, c.1955.

Hilda Simms and a younger sister

Hilda Simms (right) posed with one of her younger sisters, Laura, c.1955.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms with her mother, Lydia Moses during a photo shoot for Life Magazine, c.1950.

Hilda Simms with Her Mother, Lydia Moses

Hilda Simms with her mother, Lydia Moses during a photo shoot for Life Magazine, c.1950.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms (left) posed for a promotional photo for Life Magazine, c.1945.

Hilda Simms at a Promotional Event

Hilda Simms (left) posed for a promotional photo for Life Magazine, c.1945.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms with Earl Hollman and other actors from the Harlem Theater in New York City, c.1943.

Hilda Simms with other actors from the Harlem Theater

Hilda Simms with Earl Hollman and other actors from the Harlem Theater in New York City, c.1943.

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