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Duniway (center) signing the first Equal Suffrage Proclamation ever made by a woman

Image: Library of Congress (via Wikimedia)

Abigail Scott Duniway

The Mother of Oregon Women's Suffrage

Abigail Scott Duniway was considered to be the mother of woman's suffrage in Oregon. Dilg talks about how Duniway moved to Oregon with her family on the Oregon Trail and later published the New Northwest newspaper. Duniway was truly a driving force for woman's suffrage movements in Oregon.

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Jan Dilg

Adjunct Instructor

Portland State University

Website: Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912-2012

Janice Dilg grew up in the original Northwest—Ohio—and moved to the New Northwest—Oregon—in 1977. After apprenticing for 3 years, she became a journeywoman cabinetmaker and woodworker for a decade. In 2001, she earned an MA in history from Portland State University, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest, women’s history, oral history, and legal history. Janice was the Project Director for the Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912-2012, teaches the Monumental Women Senior Capstone at PSU, and is the oral historian for the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society Oral History Project. She was a founding member of the Oregon Women’s History Consortium, and the Northwest History Network, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of both organizations.

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