Happy Birthday, Abigail Scott Duniway

22 Oct

AbigailToday Abigail Scott Duniway would have been 179 years old. Duniway is best known for her work as a suffragist and for founding the newspaper The New Northwest in Portland, Oregon. The paper was dedicated to women’s rights, including suffrage.  Sadly, Duniway did not live to see the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920.

While Duniway may not have lived to witness the passage of the 19th amendment, she did see and was responsible for the passage of women’s suffrage in Oregon in 1912.  Duniway was the first woman to register to vote in Multnomah County.  Despite great resistance from her brother Harvey W. Scott, who was the editor of The Oregonian, Duniway was asked by then Governor Oswald West to draft the suffrage proclamation.

Duniway wrote several books, but may be best known for her last non-fiction,  Path Breaking: An Autobiographical History of the Equal Suffrage Movement in Pacific Coast States which was published the year before she died in 1914.  How nice to see that Oregon was ahead of the curve and on the right side of history as we celebrate Abigail Scott Duniway and her work for women’s rights.


13 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Abigail Scott Duniway”

  1. dykewriter October 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on dyke writer.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Nina, thank you for reblogging this article.

      • dykewriter October 23, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

        you are most welcome. it fits into the sub theme motif on my blog

  2. Dr. Rex October 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Reblog: http://hrexach.wordpress.com/

  3. Dr. Rex October 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Another historical fact!!

  4. trp2011 October 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    My favorite story about Abigail Duniway is that her brother, editor of The Oregonian, fought bitterly against women’s suffrage. I always wondered what holiday meals were like if both attended! He must have had influence throughout the state because Oregon didn’t allow women to vote until two years after the brother died.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

      Thank you for the comment here. It did make me chuckle. Yes, I suspect the family had a certain amount of drama, not unlike families today. I also suspect holidays were a bit contentious. Sadly, Harvey leaves a legacy of being on the wrong side of history and human rights.

  5. Christine Noble October 23, 2013 at 5:27 am #

    Thank you for sharing this Michael. I had never heard of Ms. Duniway before. Those of us out East often forget the contributions of civil rights leaders on the Left Coast.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 23, 2013 at 6:20 am #

      Christine, I’m glad you like our Abigail. I also love that you refer to us as the “Left” Coast. 🙂 Thank you for reblogging this article, my dear friend.

  6. Christine Noble October 23, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Reblogged this on Hand of Ananke and commented:
    My excellent friend Michael never fails to amaze me, or to educate me on important folks I had never heard of.

  7. Central Oregon Coast NOW October 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

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