Business and Professional Women’s Club, Crookston, 1960–1975

Crookston’s Business and Professional Women’s club (BPWC), started in 1921, was more politically active in the 1960s and 1970s than in its early years. BPWC members made sure to cast their votes for causes important to women, including equal pay for equal work and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Black and white photograph of an Agriculture Extension, short course in Blacksmithing; women at the forges, 1908.

Agriculture Extension, short course in Blacksmithing

Agriculture Extension, short course in Blacksmithing; women at the forges, 1908.

Black and white photograph of women handling lath machines in Northern Pacific Railway's Como Shops, ca. 1920.

Employees at work in Como Shops

Women handling lath machines in Northern Pacific Railway's Como Shops, ca. 1920.

Black and white photograph of Crookston BPW club members at a table representing Denmark during an international breakfast event, 1958.

Crookston BPW club members at an international breakfast

Crookston BPW club members at a table representing Denmark during an international breakfast event, 1958.

Black and white photograph of Eunice Morberg and Mae Rideout looking at Crookston BPW scrapbooks, 1959.

Eunice Morberg and Mae Rideout looking at Crookston BPW scrapbooks

Eunice Morberg and Mae Rideout looking at Crookston BPW scrapbooks, 1959.

Black and white photograph of BPW members in historic costumes singing around a piano, 1958. Pictured (left to right) are Louise Rasmussen, Clara Berg, Ruth Rohrer (piano player), an unknown woman, and Maybelle Anderson.

Crookston BPW members in historic costumes

BPW members in historic costumes singing around a piano, 1958. Pictured (left to right) are Louise Rasmussen, Clara Berg, Ruth Rohrer (piano player), an unknown woman, and Maybelle Anderson.

Black and white photograph of Mary Walker, a BPW charter member, lighting a kerosene lamp, 1958. With her are (left to right) Mary Walker, Mae Rohrer, Elizabeth Marsh, and Sylvia Johnson, all wearing historic costumes.

Mary Walker and Crookston BPW members in historic costumes

Mary Walker, a BPW charter member, lights a kerosene lamp, 1958. With her are (left to right) Mary Walker, Mae Rohrer, Elizabeth Marsh, and Sylvia Johnson, all wearing historic costumes.

Crookston BPW brochure encouraging women to vote in primary elections on September 9, 1958, and in the general election on November 11, 1958.

1958 Crookston BPW brochure

Crookston BPW brochure encouraging women to vote in primary elections on September 9, 1958, and in the general election on November 11, 1958.

Black and white photograph of a BPW club breakfast, September 22, 1957. Picture (left to right) are Frances Engebretson, Peggy Running, and Sue Monroe.

Crookston BPW club breakfast, 1957

BPW club breakfast, September 22, 1957. Picture (left to right) are Frances Engebretson, Peggy Running, and Sue Monroe.

Black and white photograph of Doris Matzke being presented with a bouquet at a Crookston BPW club breakfast, September 22, 1957.

Gudveig Norseth, Doris Matzke, and Betty Ohman

Doris Matzke is presented with a bouquet at a Crookston BPW club breakfast, September 22, 1957.

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