In the 1880s-90s a great number of women's clubs were founded and became active. At a time
when even a well-to-do woman had few educational opportunities, the clubs provided education
and more - an opportunity to practice leadership skills. The movement was an important step
that led to women finally achieving the right to vote in 1920. The Colonial Dames were a part of
this important part of women's history.
From the 1988 Hamline University Master's Thesis by Kara Korsaard. Profiles of our "founding mothers"
have been posted on our History Sketches page.