In 1973, the same year Minnesota became the 26th state to ratify the ERA, Mary Ruch found herself in a challenging predicament: She had just become a single mom of two girls, ages 31/2 and 5 months. She was determined to provide for them but knew that working a minimum wage job ($1.50 at that … Continue reading Another Treasured Member
“Never underestimate the power of one,” says Anne Siess. This is a motto that Anne lives by and puts into practice consistently. One would guess that a full time working mom with 3 active children would not have a lot of extra time for civic engagement, but somehow Anne does. She served on the … Continue reading The Power of One Anne
Why is a woman to be treated differently? Woman suffrage will succeed, despite this miserable guerilla opposition.--Victoria Woodhull LESSON #3: SETBACKS, ROADBLOCKS, AND OPPOSITION WILL TRY YOUR RESOLVE. NO MATTER WHAT THE OBSTACLE, LEAN ON THE SISTERHOOD FOR STRENGTH BUT KEEP GOING. The better class of NEGROES THEMSELVES know they’re better off represented by … Continue reading Lesson #3 From the Suffragists
LESSON# 2: WORDS MATTER; USE THEM TO NAME THE INJUSTICE AND THEN TO INSPIRE THOSE WHO CAN SET IT RIGHT. It began at a ladies tea; somehow the polite small talk moved into women expressing their frustration at the lack of opportunity for their gender. Elizabeth Cady Stanton described her feelings this way: “I poured … Continue reading Lesson #2 from the Suffragists: Words Matter
August 26th is Woman’s Equality Day, the day we commemorate the adoption of the 19th Amendment. It seems like the appropriate day to post the first segment of a blog series I worked on over the summer. I am a bit of history nerd so, for me, it was interesting to dig into details about … Continue reading Let’s Celebrate the Original Persisters!
One might expect a member of our women’s alliance to value courage, kindness, and respect for all voices, but Karen Harkins Farrington, Co-chair of the Persisters seems to live these values in everything she does. She grew up in Buffalo, New York in a blue-collar family and still feels incredibly lucky she was offered a … Continue reading Meet A Positive Persister
“I needed to find my people,” said Deb Hoffman about her move back to the Twin Cities almost two years ago; we are very fortunate that her people is us, (SCVANOW). As most know, Deb is our newly elected Board President and she comes to us with not only enthusiasm but with a wealth of … Continue reading She Found her People and She has Some Ideas
Gladys Ritter is the newly elected Secretary for St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW. Gladys has been a long time member of the League of Women Voters but decided to focus her efforts in St. Croix Valley Alliance NOW. In Gladys’ own words this is why she got involved and stepped up to take on … Continue reading MEET GLADYS
By Peg Ludtke She was always at least one student’s first pick. My 9th-grade students were required to do a year-long biography study of someone they revered, someone who they felt had done something admirable for the greater good. Harriet Tubman easily fulfilled the requirement and swelled my female student’s minds and hearts with inspiration. The finale … Continue reading He Conquered While She Saved
Every spring I buy my share of flowers at plant sales and nurseries until the yard, at least the front and back porch look sufficiently cheery and welcoming. We have several areas around the property that would look like no one cared if I didn’t. The quickest way to go is to buy already flowering annuals like … Continue reading Sow Seeds for the People
When Women Rule By Peg Ludtke “What can we do about…?” or “How might we..? When women gather with purpose, they ask a lot of open-ended questions; they want as many options on the table as possible. Do men do this? I know this will sound sexist, but somehow I am having a hard time imagining … Continue reading My First Impression of SCVWA From Two Years Ago
To a packed room of 120 or more, at the Stillwater Library this evening Hedrick Smith, renowned journalist and Pulitzer-Prize Winning author reminded us not just what isn’t working in our democracy but that we, the people are the ones that must fix it. We must get the dark money out of politics. We must … Continue reading Hedrick Hits the Heartland with Hope
Flood stage: Swelled way beyond its banks, The St. Croix has overtaken Wolf’s Marina, made an island of buildings that usually hug its shore, including those at Mulberry Marina and P.D. Pappy’s Restaurant. The gazebo at the end of Myrtle Street looks like it has waded out until its waist high in the river, reachable … Continue reading The River, the People, and Hedrick Smith
By Peg Ludtke, SCVANOW Secretary Reverend Nancy Nord Bence’s passion for protecting all Minnesotans from gun violence is obvious. As a minister, she has been on the front line during the aftermath of gun violence and seen first-hand its crippling, or deadly effect on families. Her superiors in the Lutheran Ministries felt this was the … Continue reading Gun Violence is a National Health Emergency
By Peg Ludtke, SCVANOW Secretary In 1923, just three years after women got the right to vote, Alice Paul proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Ninety-five years ago, the … Continue reading ERA NOW!!!
“Kids were separated from their parents in the Obama administration,” says Karin Housley. No, they weren’t. According to USA Today, under both Obama and Bush children were separated from adults only when their relationship to the adults could not be established as in child trafficking or when there were not enough family facilities available. … Continue reading The Lie Tax