The Oregon Woman Suffrage Centennial Exploratory Committee is now seeking comment and collaboration on a proposal to mark the 100th anniversary of the successful 1912 state campaign with events and activities celebrating women's engagement in politics and civic life.
From the web site:
The upcoming centennial is an opportunity for all Oregonians to reflect on important topics: the ongoing role women have played in our state's history, the lessons of the suffrage movement, the achievements of citizen-based political movements, and the importance of civic engagement -- among many other important historic and contemporary issues.From the print announcement:
This presidential election has brought unprecedented attention to women's involvement in politics, offering the opportunity to build deeper, more meaningful understandings of how women have used the political system to express their ideas and to effect change in the world around them. Now is the time to begin planning this work and to begin sharing our plans with each other.Amen sister! For us, it will be another exciting opportunity to showcase the Esther Pohl Lovejoy Collections here in the archives, as well as to explore the role of physicians in the community, medical aspects of gender discrimination, the acceptance (or not) of women into the medical profession subsequent to obtaining the vote--and who knows what other topics we'll think of before 2012.
If you'd like to participate, or know of an individual or organization who may have great resources related to this theme, we encourage you to fill out the survey online or call Janice Dilg at 503-735-5911.
[Image: Esther Pohl Lovejoy canvassing for suffrage, with Mrs. Matthews, Elizabeth Eggert, and Francis Xavier Matthieu]