In 1972, Joan ran for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives - at that time there was only one woman serving in that chamber. Joan was elected to the legislature along with five other women that year. One newspaper warned, "The women are taking over."
Just two years later, Joan became the first woman elected to statewide office in her own right as Minnesota Secretary of State. Then in 1984 Joan ran for the United States Senate. She received the DFL nomination after 26 hours and 19 ballots. And she won all 87 Minnesota counties in the Primary Election.
Joan has a legacy of supporting women - her courage and vision paved the way for generations to come. Joan was a trailblazer and has inspired countless women to follow in her footsteps. In 2013, womenwinning was honored to award Joan Anderson Growe the first ever womenwinning Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual luncheon.