Black and white portrait of Susie Schmitt Hanson, c.1885.

Susie Hanson

Portrait of Susie Schmitt Hanson, seated in a dress with roses in her lap, c.1885.

Black and white photograph of Mrs. Schmitt and family, c.1895.

Mrs. John Schmitt and Family

Mrs. John Schmitt and family. Mrs. Schmitt sitting on chair in center with children all around her. Susie Schmitt Hansen, row two, far right, c.1895.

Hanson, Susie Schmitt, (1860–1956)

A prime example of entrepreneurial spirit, Susie Schmitt Hanson was a pioneer for Minnesota women in business. As the owner of one of Waconia's longest-running businesses, she remains a prominent figure in the history of that town.

Julia B. Nelson

Photograph of Julia B. Nelson, first president of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association, c.1903.

Photograph of Julia B. Nelson with a pupil c.1865.

Julia B. Nelson with a pupil

Photograph of Julia B. Nelson with a pupil, c.1865.

Julia B. Nelson

Photograph of Julia B. Nelson c.1866.

Nelson, Julia Bullard (1842–1914)

Following the death of her husband and their only child, Julia Bullard Nelson of Red Wing, Minnesota bravely headed south to Texas in 1869 to teach former slaves in U.S. government-backed Freedmen's Bureau schools. Nelson spent the summers of the 1870s and 1880s in Minnesota, where she emerged as a state and national leader in the movement for women's suffrage and the temperance campaign against alcohol use.

Photograph of Wanda Gág in 1930.

Wanda Gág

Photograph of Wanda Gág in 1930.

Photograph of Wanda Gág in 1944.

Wanda Gág

Photograph of Wanda Gág in 1944.

Caricature of Wanda Gág

Print based on a pencil-drawn caricature of Wanda Gág made by Adolph Dehn in 1916. The Dehn drawing is reproduced in Gág's Growing Pains: Diaries and Drawings for the Years 1908–1917 (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1984). Used here by permission of the Trustees of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2013.

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