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Attendees of the 1905 NAWSA convention included Susan B. Anthony and Abigail Scott Duniway

Image: Oregon Historical Society, Or Hi 36793 (Used by Permission)

The First Congregational Church

The Church Played Key Role in Women's Suffrage Movement

The First Congregational Church hosted the 37th annual National American Women's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Convention in 1905. Nationally famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony made a key address and Abigail Scott Duniway, leader of the Oregon suffrage movement, also shared the stage. Dilg tells us about this nationally important conference and the stage Portland provided for it.

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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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