Monday, March 10, 2008

Celebrating Portland's Women: Women City Builders unveiled today

This afternoon, the Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State University will host the public unveiling of a new web site celebrating Portland's notable women: Women City Builders.

A project of the Women's Studies Department at PSU, the site acknowledges women who: "sustained the city's neighborhoods and families"; "created institutions to meet people's needs"; "contributed to the cultural life of the city"; "organized for social, political, and economic change"; "participated in government service"; "engaged in the economy"; "used their knowledge to help others"; or "transformed the landscape and the built environment."

Medical Women City Builders
Of course, no site devoted to female leaders in Portland's past would be complete without our very own Esther Pohl Lovejoy. The image of Esther haranguing her colleagues at a 1957 meeting of the University of Oregon Medical School Alumni Association is from the collections here in Historical Collections & Archives.

UOMS alumna Marie Equi is also included, as is early woman physician Mary Anna Cooke Thompson. Controversial in her day, abortionist Ruth Barnett is celebrated for her pro-choice stance.

As the site's creators note, many more stories wait to be told. If you would like to help out with this project, you are encouraged to contact them directly.

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