Gown worn by Thersea Ericksen

Gown worn by Thersea Ericksen

Pink and white piña cloth gown with black velvet collar made in the Philippines by Lang Lee. The own was worn by Red Cross nurse Theresa Ericksen of Minnesota at a reception for William Taft, the first governor of the Philippines, 1901.

Minnesota Cadet Nurse Corps marching into Northrup Auditorium

Minnesota Cadet Nurse Corps marching into Northrup Auditorium

Seven hundred nurse cadets from Minneapolis and St. Paul enter Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota for their induction ceremony, 1944. From the Katharine Densford Heritage Collection, Weaver-Densford Hall, University of Minnesota. Used with the permission of the University of the Minnesota School of Nursing.

Nursing project at University Hospital

A nurse participating in a nursing project at University Hospital (University of Minnesota) serves food to a patient, ca. 1937.

Katharine Densford

Katharine Densford, ca. 1970s. From the Katharine Densford Heritage Collection, Weaver-Densford Hall, University of Minnesota. Used with the permission of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Densford, Katharine J. (1890–1978)

Katharine Densford was a pragmatic leader of American nursing as it gained political and academic recognition in the 1940s and 50s. She is remembered as a stateswoman whose leadership of Minnesota’s flagship school of nursing at the University of Minnesota provided the model for nursing education throughout the state and nation.

Photograph of Kate Wulf and Jeri Rasmussen

Kate Wulf and Jeri Rasmussen

Kate Wulf (center) and Jeri Rasmussen (right) at the 1982 DFL convention, Duluth. From box 1, folder 1 (Photographs: Annual meetings, 1974, 1981–1983) of the DFL Feminist Caucus papers, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul. Photograph by Kathy H. Drazen.

Photograph of DFLFC members assembled for the "State of the State" address, January 1982

"State of the State" address, January 1982

Yvette Oldendorf with other caucus members at the DFL Feminist Caucus's “State of the State Address,” January 1982. From box 4, folder 2 (Photographs: Annual meetings, 1974, 1981–1983) of the DFL Feminist Caucus papers, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul. Photograph by Kathy H. Drazen.

Photograph of Dorothy Baker and Ann Keeler

Dorothy Baker and Ann Keeler

DFL Feminist Caucus members Dorothy Baker (left) and Ann Keeler (right) demonstrate for Tom Berg at the 1982 DFL convention, Duluth. From box 1, folder 1 (Photographs: Annual meetings, 1974, 1981–1983) of the DFL Feminist Caucus papers, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul. Photograph by Kathy H. Drazen.

DFL Feminist Caucus

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Feminist Caucus was founded in 1973 to advocate for feminist positions on issues like poverty among women, abortion, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Its members lobbied the Minnesota State Legislature, endorsed candidates, and produced a US Senate candidate of their own in 1984.

Women working in the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota

Women working in the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota

Women working in the Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota carry out quality-control tests on cans of SPAM. Printed in Life 7, no. 19 (November 6, 1939), page 58.

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