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 Elizabeth Layman, one of the founders of Layman’s (later Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, ca. 1870.

Elizabeth Layman

Elizabeth Layman, one of the founders of Layman’s (later Pioneers and Soldiers) Cemetery, ca. 1870.

Color image of the graves of (left to right) Nelly Erichsen, Rose Cleveland, and Evangeline Whipple in Bagni di Lucca Cemetery, 2014. Photograph by Tilly Laskey.

Graves of (left to right) Nelly Erichsen, Rose Cleveland, and Evangeline Whipple

Graves of (left to right) Nelly Erichsen, Rose Cleveland, and Evangeline Whipple in Bagni di Lucca Cemetery, 2014. Photograph by Tilly Laskey.

Black and white photograph of Sarah Good Thunder and Evangeline Whipple, ca. 1905.

Sarah Good Thunder and Evangeline Whipple

Sarah Good Thunder and Evangeline Whipple, ca. 1905.

Black and white photograph of Bishop Henry B. Whipple and Evangeline Mars Simpson Whipple, 1898.

Bishop Henry B. Whipple and Evangeline Mars Simpson Whipple

Bishop Henry B. Whipple and Evangeline Mars Simpson Whipple, 1898.

Black and white photograph of Rose Cleveland, ca. 1885.

Rose Cleveland

Rose Cleveland, ca. 1885.

Black and white photograph of Evangeline Whipple, ca. 1896.

Evangeline Whipple

Evangeline Whipple, ca. 1896.

Whipple, Evangeline Marrs Simpson (1857–1930)

Evangeline Whipple used her wealth to improve the lives of women, people of color, and the poor. She supported social justice for American Indians in Minnesota, for African Americans in Florida, and for villagers and World War I refugees in Bagni di Lucca, Italy.

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.

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