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.

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns in Duluth, 1895.

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns

Engraving of Sarah Burger Stearns, undated. From History of Woman Suffrage, Ida Husted Harper et al., eds (Rochester, NY: Susan B. Anthony, 1889).

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns

Sarah Burger Stearns in Duluth, 1880.

Stearns, Sarah Burger (1836–1904)

Sarah Burger Stearns was a committed reformer dedicated to the cause of women’s rights. She founded one of Minnesota’s first suffrage organizations, the Rochester Woman Suffrage Association, in her home city of Rochester. In 1881, she was elected the first president of the Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA). Although she resigned in 1883 due to ill health, Stearns stayed involved in the suffrage cause throughout the 1880s and into the 1890s.

 Day dress owned by Mabeth Hurd Page

Day dress owned by Mabeth Hurd Page

Off-white rayon day dress worn by Mabeth Hurd Paige of Minneapolis, ca. 1930s.

Mabeth Hurd Paige

Mabeth Hurd Paige

Mabeth Hurd Paige, ca. 1925.

Mabeth Hurd Paige

Mabeth Hurd Paige

Mabeth Hurd Paige, ca. 1920. Photograph by Eugene G. Garrett.

Mabeth Hurd Paige

Mabeth Hurd Paige

Mabeth Hurd Paige, ca. 1919. Photograph by Sweet.

Mabeth Hurd Paige

Mabeth Hurd Paige

Mabeth Hurd Paige, ca. 1915.

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