Monday, October 11, 2010

On October 11

On this day in ...
... 1915 (95 years ago today), "the pioneer Woman Suffragist of the great Northwest," Abigail Scott Duniway (left) died in Oregon 80 years after her birth on a farm in central Illinois. Her family moved West when she was a teenager; her mother and a brother died on the wagon trail journey. (photo credit) She married; when her husband became disabled, she began supporting the family, 1st through schoolteaching, then as a storekeeper. Eventually she moved to Portland and founded a weekly newspaper devoted to women's rights. She also published books, and was a vice president of the National Women's Suffrage Association. In part because of her efforts, in 1912 Oregon became the 7th state in the Union to extend suffrage to women; she became the 1st to register to vote in her county.

(Prior October 11 posts are here, here, and here.)

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