Minnesota Women's Press, Inc. Oral History Project: Interview with Mollie Hoben
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Mollie received a BS and MS degree from the University of Minnesota, in english and educational psychology, respectively. She spent her early professional career teaching vision-impaired students in the Twin Cities area, and as the editor and business manager of a neighborhood newspaper. In 1984, Mollie Hoben co-founded Minnesota Women's Press, Inc. (MWP) with Glenda Martin and others, and worked as its editor until 1995. At the time of the interview she served as publisher and corporate director for MWP and as editor of BookWomen, a MWP publication. She was designated as a "Marvelous Minnesota Woman" by Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1989, and as an "Outstanding Woman Leader" by Gov. Arne Carlson in 1991. In 1994, she received the Kay Sexton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Minnesota Community of the Book, Minnesota Book Awards. Mollie served on the boards of various organizations, including the Minnesota News Council (1993-1998). She published extensively in the Minnesota Women's Press, as well as in other publications. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: 6/4/99: Early conceptions and environment of MWP; organizational meetings and planning; values of MWP; editorial content and goals of MWP; raising capital for organization; decision regarding for-profit status; cooperative nature of organizational culture; early production issues; readership demographics; financial difficulties in the late 1980s; advertising; advisory board; reconciliation with and achievement of profitability; relationship with external communities. 1/25/00: Move to present location; transitions in financial strength; changes in salary policies, 1990 to 2000; personal views on feminism and business; technological advances of MWP; frugality and prosperity; transition from being editor; evolution of the newspaper through various editors; interaction of functional areas within MWP; evolution of the "Books" activities; stories from "Book Groups on the Road"; relationship between co-founders/co-publishers of MWP (Glenda Martin and Mollie); involvement in operating and strategic activities; current leadership transition; impact of MWP.
Quantity 3 hours sound cassette
53 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 150 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Hoben, Mollie
Interviewer: Brewer, Kathryn Balstad
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/04/1999 - 01/25/2000
(Interviews conducted 6/4/1999 and 1/25/2000.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 75
Accession Number AV2001.34.17
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Women's Press, Inc. Oral History Project'

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