The League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls invites the public to join them at the Northfield Senior Center on Saturday, April 26th at 10:45 am to hear Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist, Lori Sturdevant, speak about her recent book “Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement,” published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Sturdevant has co-authored and edited seven books about leading figures in Minnesota politics, including “A Man’s Reach: The Autobiography of Elmer L. Anderson” and “The Pillsburys of Minnesota.”
Sturdevant’s latest book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey. A champion of both civil rights and women’s rights, she is credited with affecting the way her fellow judges saw the cases they decided. The first woman named to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Justice Wahl was appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich in 1977 and remained on the court until her retirement in 1994. She passed away in July 2013.
Justice Wahl is remembered not only as an advocate for women, but also for those marginalized by society, including the oppressed, the poor, and victims of abuse. She graduated from William Mitchell Law School in 1967, the same year her fifth child was born, and took a position as assistant public defender for the State of Minnesota. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl and documents the societal challenges experienced by women in the late 20th century and the strategies employed to address them.
The 10:45 am presentation at the Northfield Senior Center on Saturday, April 26th is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase from Northfield’s Monkey See, Monkey Read bookstore and there will be a book signing following the presentation.