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Nevertheless They Persisted: Women's Voting rights and the 19th Amendment by Marilyn Podesta

This is the title of the special exhibition that is now at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. It opened in March 2020, and has recently been extended through August 15, 2021. Here is how it is described: “The organized fight for woman suffrage began in Oregon in 1871--- with a visit from Susan B. Anthony and the establishment of Abigail Duniway's newspaper, The New Northwest. From that time on, Oregon women campaigned in their state and across the country to gain and maintain access to the ballot box. Racism was a feature of those campaigns, but African Americans, including Oregonians Mary Beatty and Hattie Redmond, had provided crucial leadership throughout the fight for legal and actual voting rights.” “One hundred years after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, outlawing gender discrimination in voting, the Oregon Historical Society commemorates the bravery of those activists and many others in Nevertheless They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment. The original exhibition invites visitors to think about subjects such as how and why political leaders have denied women the vote, how women have fought for equal rights, and how teamwork and fights across race, class, and organized tactics have shaped this history. Through this exhibition, visitors will connect to the past and feel the struggles and triumphs of the women (and men) who demanded the vote and used their rights to shape our nation and our world.” The Oregon Historical Society is at 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205. It is open on Wednesdays-Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM; Sunday hours are Noon- 5 pm. (If you go, please check operating hours, as there may be changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

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