How Women Have Shaped the State

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

Expert Essay: 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.

Anna Dickie Olesen, 1937.

Anna Dickie Olesen ,1937.

Anna Dickie Olesen at her desk, April 16, 1937.

Anna Dickie Oleson with her husband and daughter

Anna Dickie Oleson with her husband and daughter

Anna Dickie Olesen (left) with her husband, Peter, and daughter, Mary, ca. 1930s. Photograph Collection, Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet

Anna Dickie Olesen

Anna Dickie Olesen

Olesen with her campaign car in Cloquet, 1922. Photograph Collection, Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet.

Anna Dickie Olesen

Anna Dickie Olesen

Portrait of Olesen, ca. 1920. Photograph Collection, Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet.

Anna Dickie Olesen in hat, ca. 1920.

Anna Dickie Olesen in hat, ca. 1920.

Anna Dickie Olesen in hat, ca. 1920.

Anna Dickie Olesen, ca. 1910.

Anna Dickie Olesen, ca. 1910.

Anna Dickie Olesen, ca. 1910.

Anna Dickie Olesen, ca. 1920

Anna Dickie Olesen, ca. 1920

Anna Dickie Olesen, ca. 1920. Photograph Collection, Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet.

Anna Dickie Olesen

Anna Dickie Olesen

Anna Dickie Olesen. Photograph by Harris & Ewing, Washington, DC, ca. 1922. Photograph Collection, Carlton County Historical Society, Cloquet.

Olesen, Anna Dickie (1885–1971)

The first female nominee of a major party for the US Senate, Anna Dickie Olesen was a celebrated orator and passionate social reformer who became one of the most prominent Democratic women of the early twentieth century.

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