March is Women's History Month

Governor Dayton proclaims March to be Women's History Month

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March to be “Women’s History Month” in the State of Minnesota.

Womens' History Month proclamation“During Women’s History Month, I urge all Minnesotans to reflect on the significant achievements that have been made by women in our state, and across our country,” said Governor Dayton.

The proclamation comes as a new national study ranked Minnesota the best state in the nation for Women’s Economic and Social Well-Being. The study also ranked Minnesota 4th in the nation for Women’s Health Care and Safety.

You can read the Governor's proclamation here.

Nationally, this year’s Women's History Month theme is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” This theme focuses on women who have shaped America’s history and future through public service and government leadership. It honors women’s influence on public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations.


Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation

The research of Virginia Wright-Peterson, author of "Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation” in the Mayo clinic archive has led to insights giving voice to women whose stories deserve to be celebrated -- and a new perspective on the contributions of women throughout the early years of Mayo's history.

Exhibition: March 1st -17th

Compelling display of photographs and narratives, accompanied by artifacts from the Mayo Clinic historical collection.

When: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Mayo Clinic - Rochester Campus. Hage Atrium, subway level of the Siebens Building
Free and open to the public

Dramatic Production: March 2nd

A one-woman evocation of stories from the book, written and performed by Megan Cole.

When: March 2nd, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mayo Clinic - Rochester Campus. Phillips Hall, street level of the Siebens Building
Free and open to the public

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Women of Mill City Family Day

Celebrate Women's History Month with a day devoted to the women of the Mill City! Enjoy performances throughout the day by four Mill City Museum History Players, portraying 19th and 20th century women of Minneapolis and the surrounding region. Explore the museum exhibits for more stories of women who contribute to Minnesota history and Minneapolis' flour milling, like the female flour packers who began working at the Washburn A Mill in 1902.

When: March 5th, 2016, 12:00 – 3:00pm
Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407.
Included with museum admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free for ages 4 and under and MNHS members

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Free Family Fun Day: Mama Went to Jail for the Vote

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the Goodhue County History Center. All of the exhibits will be open, with a special scavenger hunt designed to explore some of Goodhue County’s most famous and notable women.

At 2 PM, there will be a reading of the children’s book, Mama Went to Jail for the Vote. After the reading, special Role Model Medals can be made in honor of the brave suffragettes that fought for the right to vote.

When: March 5th, 2016. 1 – 5pm. Suffragette Program Begins at 2 PM
Where: Goodhue County History Center, 1166 Oak Street Red Wing, MN 55066
Free Admission and Open to the Public
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Women of Bemidji and Northwest Minnesota: A Women’s History Lecture Series

Join the Beltrami County Historical Society for Women of Bemidji and Northwest Minnesota: A Women’s History Lecture Series. The series consist of a full slate of presentations and discussions exploring stories of local and regional women who made valuable and important impacts in Bemidji, Beltrami County, and Northwest Minnesota.

When: Mondays (6:00pm) and Saturdays (2:00pm), starting March 7th through March 28th.
Where: Beltrami County History Center (130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji, MN 56601); Bemidji Public Library (509 America Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601).
Events at Beltrami County History Center are free with price of admission to the center; events at the Bemidji Public Library are free and open to the public.

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Women Taking Action against Trafficking

Held in honor of International Women's Day 2016, this event will examine sex trafficking and how the industry violates the human rights and dignity of women. Rev. Dr. Alika Galloway, of Kwanzaa Community Church in Minneapolis and executive director of Northside Women's Space, will talk about her ministry in North Minneapolis. Experts from The Advocates for Human Rights and other stakeholders will be part of a panel discussion on how Minnesota can move forward to create a response to sex trafficking that will empower and protect victims, hold offenders accountable, and prevent on-going harms against individuals.

When: March 8th, 2016, 6:00pm.
Where: Bush Student Center Ballroom. 1561 Hewitt Ave Hamline University St. Paul, MN.
Free and open to the public.
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International Women's Day at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Join the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in celebrating women and their social, economic, cultural, and political achievements here at home and around the world. At the event, attendees will gather as a community to share stories and learn more about what each other, our faculty, and our alumni are doing to promote the contributions of women worldwide.

When: March 8th, 2016, 3 – 5pm.
Where: Humphrey Forum - Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 301 19th Avenue South Minneapolis MN 55455
This event is free and open to the general public. Food and beverages will be served. Paid parking is available across the street in the 19th Avenue Ramp.
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History of Hip 2016: Women Animators

Join writer and researcher Phil Anderson and veteran filmmaker Kathleen Laughlin to take a closer look at the ways women have used animation to represent their stories. From the 1970s on, women in animation have gone beyond comic-character stereotypes while exploring their worlds, their stories and the medium itself.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
Where: Vieux Carre, located in the Lower Level of the Historic Hamm Building, 408 St. Peter Street St. Paul, MN 55102
$15 ($12 MNHS members). Ticket price includes one glass of house wine or tap beer or a featured cocktail. Event is 21 plus. Buy tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.

Owatonna Arts Center: Lori Sturdevant, Speaker

Celebrating Women’s History Month, Lori Sturdevant, a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, will discuss her acclaimed book “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement”, published in 2014 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press with a foreword by Senator Amy Klobuchar. Rosalie Wahl was the first woman to be named to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

When: March 15, 7:00 pm.
Where: Owatonna Arts Center, 435 Garden View Ln, Owatonna, MN 55060
A $5.00 fee will be charged at the door with the proceeds to benefit the Owatonna Arts Center.
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First Women of Mayo Clinic

The story of Mayo Clinic begins on the Minnesota prairie following a devastating tornado in 1883. It also begins with the women who served the growing practice as physicians, laboratory researchers, developers of radium therapy and cancer treatments, and innovators in virtually all aspects of patient care, education and research. Join Virginia Wright-Peterson as she presents from her new book, Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation (MNHS Press, March 2016).

When: Tue., Mar 22, 2016, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Minnesota History Center. 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Free and open to the public
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The Luann Dummer Lecture Series

The Luann Dummer Lecture Series features a distinguished woman speaker each March, Women's History Month. Established in 1994 through a gift from the estate of Dr. Luann Dummer, the lecture series is open to the St. Thomas community and the public. This year’s speaker will be Roxane Gay, who will speak on “Feminism and Popular Culture in the Digital Age.” Gay is a writer, blogger and associate professor of English at Purdue University.

When: Wednesday, April 6th 2016, 7:00 pm.
Where: James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center at the University of St. Thomas. 2115 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Free and open to the public

KFAI: International Women’s Day 2016

For more than 25 years, KFAI has been honoring International Women's Day with special programming. In recent years, KFAI has broadcasted 24 hours of one-of-a-kind programming imagined and produced by local women. This day of special broadcasting provides opportunities for women’s and girls’ voices to be heard on the airwaves. Past programming has included musical programs, talk and public affairs, documentaries, and call-in shows.

When: March 8th, 2016.
Where: KFAI Radio; 90.3 Minneapolis, 106.7 St. Paul

PRX: Women's History Month 2016 - 23 piece series

Celebrate women’s history month with a daily series honoring Minnesota women who lead, create and inspire. This series profiles Minnesota women from greater Minnesota both past and present whose work in her respective field has aided in the advancement of women. Each weekday of the month will feature a different minute long story.

When: Each weekday in the month of March
Where: KUMD 103.3 in Duluth.

More information: You can listen online each day at the KUMD website or to all 23 stories on the PRX website.

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