A political activist and educator from Richfield is among nine people being inducted into the DFL Women’s Hall of Fame Saturday, May 13.
Margaret Severe will be given the “DFL Woman of Distinction” title as she accepts the honor during a luncheon at Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis. Severe began her campaign work in 1974 as she door-knocked for Shirley Hokenson, who would serve in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1975-1982. Severe would go on to serve as chair of DFL Senate District, also sitting on the State DFL Central Committee for 10 years.
Severe has been involved with the Richfield League of Women Voters since 1969, serving on the organization’s board and working on numerous civic issues, campaign forums and voter registration drives.
Severe’s involvement in Richfield extended to the public schools, where she taught for 32 years. She served as local president of the Richfield Education Association and became an officer of the Retired Richfield Educators Association. Fulfilling a passion for government relations, Severe’s work as an educator included 20 years of service on the Governmental Relations Council of the Minnesota Education Association. She also served on the association’s political action committee.
The DFL Women’s Hall of Fame is now in its 18th year in honoring women who contributed to public policy making or DFL campaigns, infusing the DFL with new ideas and energy.