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Women of Minnesota

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  • By: Edited by Barbara Stuhler and Gretchen Kreuter
  • Format: Paper, 448 pages, index
  • Publisher: MHS Press
  • Usually ships in: 1-3 business days
  • ISBN 0-87351-367-3
Selected Biographical Essays
In 1977 when few serious historical monographs were devoted solely to women, the Minnesota Historical Society Press published Women of Minnesota: Selected Biographical Essays. Now, twenty years later, the MHS Press has issued a revised version of this landmark study. Barbara Stuhler and Gretchen Kreuter, the editors of the original book, have added an essay on women’s accomplishments over the last two decades, discussing the questions that confront women in the 1990s and highlighting such achievements as the number of judges, business leaders, and sports figures who have risen to prominence. For this new edition the editors updated the list of women in the Minnesota legislature and added brief biographies of another 104 women.

New Revised Edition

These biographical essays cover women from the early years of Minnesota Territory to the opening days of the feminist movement and include: educators Harriet E. Bishop, Mary Molloy, Ada Comstock Notestein, Maria Louise Sanford, and Agnes, Henrietta, and Nora Larson; political and labor leaders Anna Dickie Oleson and Eva McDonald Valesh; social worker Catheryne Cooke Gilman; writers Kate Donnelly and Maud Hart Lovelace; editor Jane Grey Swisshelm; librarian Gratia Alta Countryman; peace activist Fanny Brin; philanthropist Alice O’Brien; ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore.

BARBARA STUHLER, retired University of Minnesota professor and administrator, is the author of Gentle Warriors: Clara Ueland and the Minnesota Struggle for Woman Suffrage (MHS Press, 1995).

GRETCHEN KREUTER is an honorary fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin---Madison, the author of Forgotten Promise: Race and Gender Wars on a Small College Campus (1996), and a former college president.


Praise for the first edition:

"Thoughtfully written and carefully edited . . . important for those studying women’s history."-- Choice

"These essays . . . describe the lives of educators, abolitionist editors, writers, social workers, politicians, philanthropists, and academics—all of whom are outstanding in some way. The result is a very impressive list of high achievers."-- Manitoba History

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