In the early 20th century it was not uncommon for women to identify with their husband's full name and so when women started running for public office it raised an interesting question - how should their names be listed? In Minnesota this question was answered when, in 1922, DNC-member "Mrs. Peter Oleson," Anna Dickie Olesen, announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate. In what would be the state's first direct election of a senator with a full electorate, it was an open question which name would appear on the ballot.
Besides writing for the campus newspaper at the University of Minnesota-Morris, The University Register, I also occasionally contribute a column for the Morris Student DFL when I can't delegate the task to someone else in the organization. It was published on April 15, 2010. DFL COLUMN - April 15, 2010 By Joshua P. Preston While … Continue reading Conscience Over Pragmatism