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.

Patty Berg, of Minneapolis, ca. 1935. Berg was one of the founding members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Patty Berg

Patty Berg, of Minneapolis, ca. 1935. Berg was one of the founding members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and is in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The Lady Warriors (a basketball team representing Cedar-Riverside, a neighborhood in Minneapolis) pose with the University of Minnesota mascot Goldy Gopher and Minnesota Lynx mascot Prowl during project recognition at a Minnesota Lynx WNBA game, August 30, 2015.

Minneapolis women’s basketball team at a Lynx game

The Lady Warriors (a basketball team representing Cedar-Riverside, a neighborhood in Minneapolis) pose with the University of Minnesota mascot Goldy Gopher and Minnesota Lynx mascot Prowl during project recognition at a Minnesota Lynx WNBA game, August 30, 2015.

Irene Gomez of the Police and Community Relations Task Force. Photograph by Erickson Studio, ca. 1983.

Irene Gomez

Irene Gomez of the Police and Community Relations Task Force. Photograph by Erickson Studio, ca. 1983.

St. Paul police officer Debbie Montgomery in uniform, 1975. Used with the permission of Debbie Montgomery.

Debbie Montgomery

St. Paul police officer Debbie Montgomery in uniform, 1975. Used with the permission of Debbie Montgomery.

Clotilde M. Irvine and her children

Clotilde M. Irvine and her children

Clotilde M. Irvine (Mrs. Horace H.) with her children, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Clotilde, 1917.

Textile Workers Union of the Congress of Industrial Organizations urging members to register to vote Photograph by Lee & Palmer, 1948.

Textile workers promoting voter registration

Textile Workers Union of the Congress of Industrial Organizations urging members to register to vote Photograph by Lee & Palmer, 1948.

Dorsey, Ida (1866–1918)

Employing the racial prejudices and fantasies of elite male clients once used against her, Ida Dorsey established herself as one of the Twin Cities’ most notorious madams, running multiple brothels between the 1880s and the 1910s. As a woman of color in an industry dominated by white women, she demonstrated herself an adept businesswoman and real estate owner when most women had neither income nor property.

A view of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden, looking northeast, 2019. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

View of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden

A view of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden, looking northeast, 2019. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Detail of a steel tablet featuring an image of the memorial trellis and a poem from suffragist Clara Hampson Ueland’s scrapbook. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

Component of the Woman Suffrage Memorial

Detail of a steel tablet featuring an image of the memorial trellis and a poem from suffragist Clara Hampson Ueland’s scrapbook. Photo by Linda A. Cameron.

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