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 Lizzie Schafman and Minnesota Gold Star Mothers upon sailing to France, July 1930.

Lizzie Schafman and Minnesota Gold Star Mothers upon sailing to France

Lizzie Schafman and Minnesota Gold Star Mothers upon sailing to France, July 1930. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Scan of Lizzie Schafman’s passport, 1930.

Lizzie Schafman’s passport

Lizzie Schafman’s passport, 1930. Used with permission of the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

Black and white photograph of a Gold Star Mothers Club, 1935. Photograph by Benjamin C. Golling.

Gold Star Mothers Club

Gold Star Mothers Club, 1935. Photograph by Benjamin C. Golling.

Poster titled, "Vote the Straight Farmer-Labor Ticket - Elect Shirley Edelston," c.1940.

"Vote the Straight Farmer-Labor Ticket - Elect Shirley Edelston"

"Vote the Straight Farmer-Labor Ticket - Elect Shirley Edelston," c.1940.

Black and white photograph of the Farmer-Labor party of Hennepin County chooses delegates, 1936.

Farmer-Labor party of Hennepin County chooses delegates

Farmer-Labor party of Hennepin County chooses delegates, 1936.

Photograph of Florence Rood at her high school graduation, 1892

Florence Rood

Florence Rood at the time of her graduation from St. Paul Central High School in 1892.

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.

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