How Women Have Shaped the State

Women in Minnesota: Weaving the Web of Society in the North Star State

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.

Photograph of CU Powerline(right)

CU Powerline

The CU Powerline (right), whose installation was protested by Alice Tripp and others (2010). Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Wtshymanski, June 2, 2010. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Photograph of Alice Tripp and Dick Hanson, marching

Alice Tripp and Dick Hanson

Alice Tripp marching with her campaign manager, Dick Hanson, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of women’s suffrage (1978). Printed in the Minneapolis Tribune, August 27, 1978.

Anti-power-line rally poster

Anti-powerline rally poster

A poster advertising an anti-power-line march (1978). Used with the permission of the Pope County Historical Society.

Anti-powerline poster

Hold That Line

Hold That Line became a newsletter that connected anti-powerline activists. Alice Tripp was a frequent subject and contributor (1977). Used with the permission of the Pope County Historical Society.

Photograph of Alice Tripp

Alice Tripp

Alice Tripp in 1980.

Tripp, Alice Raatama (1918‒2014)

A self-proclaimed “jumper-inner,” Alice Tripp made her mark as a grassroots activist and self-taught farmer. She was a key leader of a movement opposing the CU Powerline, which began construction on western Minnesota farmland in the early 1970s. Tripp went on to steer a surprisingly successful gubernatorial campaign, and even briefly tried her luck in the 1980 presidential election.

Photograph of A plaque honoring Clara Ueland at the Minnesota State Capitol (1927).

Clara Ueland plaque

A plaque honoring Clara Ueland at the Minnesota State Capitol (1927).

Photograph of Clara Ueland, ca. 1925

Clara Ueland

Clara Ueland posing in a white dress, ca. 1925.

Photograph of Clara Ueland's family, ca. 1920

Ueland family

Clara Ueland with her husband and children, ca. 1920.

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