Black and white photograph of the Chapel of St. Paul, c.1855.

Chapel of St. Paul

The first Chapel of St. Paul, c.1855.

Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Paul Province: Origins and Foundations

In 1851 Bishop Joseph Cretin needed help to preach the Catholic faith to the growing St. Paul community. In July of that year he asked the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Missouri to assist him. Mother St. John Fournier and three Catholic sisters traveled to the city in the fall and quickly influenced the health and welfare of the region.

Black and white image of a pinback button created to support Rosalie Wahl's first campaign for election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1978.

Rosalie Wahl Supreme Court campaign button

Pinback button created to support Rosalie Wahl's first campaign for election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1978.

Black and white photograph of Rosalie Wahl (left) and Mary Peek (right),1977.

Rosalie Wahl and Mary Peek

Photograph of Rosalie Wahl (left) and Mary Peek (right),1977.

Black and white photograph of Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Rosalie Wahl, 1978. Photograph by Kathy Drazen.

Rosalie E. Wahl, Associate Justice Minnesota Supreme Court

Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Rosalie Wahl, 1978. Photograph by Kathy Drazen.

Wahl, Rosalie (1924–2013)

Rosalie Wahl was a pioneering figure in Minnesota law during the second half of the twentieth century. She became the state's first female Supreme Court justice at a time when there were no women on the U.S. Supreme Court.

MN90: Women Strike for Equal Pay

In the late 1970s, eight female employees from the Citizens’ National Bank in Willmar stirred up controversy in their town and across the country when they filed a complaint against the bank for unequal pay and gender discrimination. The Willmar 8, as they were called, formed their own union and went on strike for two years. MN90 producer Marisa Helms tells us the Willmar 8 came to symbolize the uphill climb many American women face when seeking equity in the workplace.

MN90: Topping the Charts in 3-part Harmony

Known for their tight harmonies and vivacious personalities, the Andrews Sisters of Minneapolis topped the charts from the end of the Great Depression until the 1950s. MN90 producer Marisa Helms tells us that the three sisters, LaVerne, Maxene and Patty, had 15 gold records, 113 charted hits, and sold 100-million records in all, with more top-ten songs than Elvis Presley or the Beatles.

MN90: Dr. Martha Ripley, an Early Champion for Women's Rights

Martha Ripley was a nurse by training when she moved to Minneapolis with her husband in 1883. Her expertise in medical care and her commitment to the rights of some of the city's destitute young mothers led to her to open a hospital dedicated to their care. Allison Herrera tells us about her remarkable life.

Marvel Cooke

Marvel Cooke.

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