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.

Cover of a pamphlet about the Farm Bureau women’s programs, 1966.

Farm Bureau women’s programs pamphlet cover

Cover of a pamphlet about the Farm Bureau women’s programs, 1966.

Black and white photograph of Lois Fankhanel teaching a class at a workshop for Farm Bureau women, 1960.

Farm Bureau workshop

Lois Fankhanel teaching a class at a workshop for Farm Bureau women, 1960.

Black and white photograph of dDistrict Farm Bureau Women’s Workshop during Red River Valley Winter Shows, 1959.

District Farm Bureau Women’s Workshop

District Farm Bureau Women’s Workshop during Red River Valley Winter Shows, 1959.

Black and white photograph of Irene Wachter Jobe, Jean Strickler, and Mrs. Robert Wurdan, 1959.

Irene Wachter Jobe, Jean Strickler, and Mrs. Robert Wurdan

Irene Wachter Jobe, Jean Strickler, and Mrs. Robert Wurdan, 1959.

Women’s program of work brochure, Minnesota Farm Bureau, 1958.

Women’s program of work brochure

Women’s program of work brochure, Minnesota Farm Bureau, 1958.

Black and white photograph of Crookston BPW president Betty Brecto watches as BPWC members Eleanor Johnson and Norma Van Horn, two BPW members, reveal the new Crookston BPWC banner on March 11, 1977.

BPWC banner unveiling

Crookston BPW president Betty Brecto watches as BPWC members Eleanor Johnson and Norma Van Horn, two BPW members, reveal the new Crookston BPWC banner on March 11, 1977.

Black and white photograph of Sister Mary Magadalene, Marie Nelson (playing the piano), and other BPWC members sing a song promoting the Equal Rights Amendment, May 1977.

ERA event

Sister Mary Magadalene, Marie Nelson (playing the piano), and other BPWC members sing a song promoting the Equal Rights Amendment, May 1977.

Black and white photograph of Sandra McGrath, wife of the president of the University of Minnesota, speaks at an AAUW and BPWC-sponsored annual banquet, February 22, 1977.

Sandra McGrath and Dell Hoff

Sandra McGrath, wife of the president of the University of Minnesota, speaks at an AAUW and BPWC-sponsored annual banquet, February 22, 1977.

Black and white photograph of Ruth Ross, Crookston BPWC’s centennial chair (1976, 1977, and 1978), was an active, civic-minded member promoted U.S. history by wearing a costume.

Ruth Ross, BPWC centennial chair

Ruth Ross, Crookston BPWC’s centennial chair (1976, 1977, and 1978), was an active, civic-minded member promoted U.S. history by wearing a costume.

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