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Women’s Rights Triumph In Oregon

Woman’s Suffrage made great strides in the 1912 elections. .https://100yearsagotoday.wordpress.com/?s=Oregon+suffrage

In 1912 Oregon voters were asked to vote on the issue of woman suffrage for the sixth time. The National American Woman Suffrage Association took over and hosted parades, rallies, and public speeches. Woman suffrage leagues were created all over the state and suffragists began to argue increasingly that votes for women would lead to an improved moral condition for the state.By 1912 Oregon was surrounded by states which had won suffrage. Idaho (1896), Washington (1910), and California (1911). On November 5, 1912 the voters of Oregon approved a woman’s right to vote by amending the State Constitution Section 2 of Article 11.On November 30, 1912 Oregon made it official with the Proclamation of Woman’s Suffrage in Oregon :
http://library.uoregon.edu/ec/exhibits/feminist-voices/proclamation.htmlIt was signed by long-time Oregon suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway, age 79.
Abigail Scott Duniway signing the Proclamation of Woman's Suffrage as as Governor Oswald West watches November 30, 1912

Abigail Scott Duniway signing the Proclamation of Woman’s Suffrage as as Governor Oswald West watches
November 30, 1912

On the same day the new amendment was seen to be put in action when Hattie Corkett of Bend, Oregon became the first woman seated on a jury in Oregon. She is an “ardent suffragette” as her mother was the first woman admitted to the Bar in Minnesota, 1879.

Woman Suffrage Movement in Oregon by Jessica Bertling

https://www.wou.edu/las/socsci/history/Senior%20Seminar%20Thesis%20Papers%20HST%20499/2008/thesis%2008/Jessica%20Bertling.pdf

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  1. Although a couple of weeks later, the Ore. attorney general decided that women were not in fact permitted on juries. (The two rights were not necessarily connected. In New York, for example, women could sit on juries voluntarily but were not subject to mandatory jury duty until the 1970s).

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