"As the Franciscan community began to grow, education for women was never in doubt. To understand the Franciscan Sisters’ priority on education, it may be helpful to highlight some key historical markers.Minnesota became a state in 1858. The population was 9,000, which didn’t include the vast number of Native Americans who were not part of the census. Women received the right to vote in 1920. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), meant to give women equal rights with men, was passed in 1923, but to this day never ratified by the required 38 states.
As the sisters considered requests to establish hospitals, homes for the aged and schools, education of the sisters was key. Sisters were sent far and wide for further education and training."
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