How Women Have Shaped the State

Women in Minnesota: Weaving the Web of Society in the North Star State

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.

Hough, Sue Metzger Dickey (ca. 1882–1980)

One of the first four women elected to the Minnesota legislature in 1922, Sue Metzger Dickey Hough campaigned for gun control, strict capital punishment, and mandatory automobile insurance, among other issues. After four unsuccessful bids for re-election, Hough turned her attention to club work and other causes, including animal welfare and civic engagement.

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue M. Dickey Hough avoiding the camera after appearing in traffic court over a speeding ticket in 1943. She paid a twenty-dollar fine and had to forfeit one gas A-ration coupon. Photo by Star and Tribune Company, published on November 16, 1943. Minneapolis Newspaper Photograph Collection, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis.

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue M. Dickey Hough, 1924. Photo by Miller Studios; published in the Minneapolis Evening Tribune on September 3, 1924. Minneapolis Newspaper Photograph Collection, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis.

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue M. Dickey Hough, 1935.

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue Metzger Dickey Hough, ca. 1924. Photo by Matzene.

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue M. Dickey Hough

Sue M. Dickey Hough, 1923. From The Legislative Manual of the State of Minnesota (St. Paul: N.p., 1923).

Sue M. Dickey Hugh and Myrtle Cain

Sue M. Dickey Hugh and Myrtle Cain

State representatives Sue M. Dickey Hough (left) and Myrtle Cain, 1923. Photo by Marvin Ferree.

Minnesota’s first four female legislators

Minnesota’s first four female legislators

Group photo of the first four women state legislators in Minnesota (left to right): Mabeth Hurd Paige, Sue M. Dickey Hough, Myrtle Cain, and Hannah Kempfer. Minneapolis Sunday Tribune, April 22, 1923. Accessed on microfilm at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Campaign ad for Sue M. Dickey Hugh

Campaign ad for Sue M. Dickey Hugh

1922 campaign ad for Sue M. Dickey Hough for Minnesota state representative. Minneapolis Morning Tribune, November 6, 1922. Accessed on microfilm at the Minnesota Historical Society.

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