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.

Carte-de-visite photograph of Ojibwe woman

Ojibwe woman

Ojibwe woman, ca. 1885.

Color image of Anna and Lena Ewert posing with a quilt they made and donated to the Tabor College Carson Center quilt auction, 2009.

Anna and Lena Ewert

Anna and Lena Ewert posing with a quilt they made and donated to the Tabor College Carson Center quilt auction, 2009.

Black and white photograph of Edna G. Gerdes, missionary to India, ca. 1970.

Edna G. Gerdes

Edna G. Gerdes, missionary to India, ca. 1970.

Color image of Members of the Dorcas Circle at the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church Centennial celebration, 1975.

Members of the Dorcas Circle at the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church Centennial celebration

Helen Wiens, Waldo Wiens, and Rachel Wiens sing as a trio at a Carson Mennonite Brethren Church Centennial celebration, 1975.

Color image of the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church centennial celebration, 1975.

Carson Mennonite Brethren Church centennial celebration

Lillian Foth, Lena Ewert, Helen Wiens, Linda Friesen, Nettie Eytzen, and Rachel Wiens, sing as a sextet at a Carson Mennonite Brethren Church Centennial celebration, 1975.

Color image of members of the Dorcas Mission Society, ca. 1990s.

Members of the Dorcas Mission Society

Members of the Dorcas Mission Society, ca. 1990s. Pictured are (back row): Frieda Rempel Ewert, Minnie Dick Ewert, Lena Ewert, Mabel Rempel, Anna Ewert, Blanch Wiens Friesen, and Matilda Feil Ewert; and (front row): Martha Bartsch, Luella Feil Wiebe, Sadie Bartsch, and Viola Wiens Dick.

Dorcas Circle, Carson Mennonite Brethren Church

The Dorcas Circle, organized in Cottonwood County's Carson Township in 1936 and later known as the Women’s Mission Society (WMS), served as the backbone of the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church’s strong missions program. Working in supportive capacities, members of the circle impacted church and community life without taking on pastoral roles.

Color image of Somali women pray in the women’s prayer room at Dar Al-Hijrah during the holy month of Ramadan. 2013.

Ramadan and Eid at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque

Somali women pray in the women’s prayer room at Dar Al-Hijrah during the holy month of Ramadan. Photographed by Mohamud Mumin, 2013.

Black and white photograph of an Easter party at Phyllis Wheatley House, Minneapolis (Ethel Ray Nance, center right), ca. 1927.

Easter party at Phyllis Wheatley House

Easter party at Phyllis Wheatley House, Minneapolis (Ethel Ray Nance, center right), ca. 1927.

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