"Eugene for Suffrage Say Women Workers," Portland Evening Telegram, March 30, 1912, 7.


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"Eugene Suffragists Organize League in Eugene Last Night," Eugene Daily Guard, March 29, 1912, 6.


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"Suffrage Has Won," Oregonian, March 22, 1912, 5.





New Republic Gives Ballot to Women of China
Yik Yug Ying, known as Mrs. Pankhurst of Orient, Becomes Member of New Law-Making Body Which Sits in Nanking.

SAN FRANCISCO, March 21- Equal suffrage was granted to the women of the Chinese Republic yesterday by the Parliament of Nanking, according to a cable message received today by a Chinese daily paper here.

The new law will become effective immediately. Women voters will be subjected to the same restrictions as the men and must be able to read and write and also be property owners. Twenty years is the age of majority.

Yik Yug Ying, who has been called the Mrs. Pankhurst of China because of her activity in the movement, was elected yesterday a member of the Chinese parliament from Canton Province. The nine other members from Canton are men. Yik is a college graduate.

Congratulations Will Be Sent to Enfranchised Chinese Women.

When the news reached Portland yesterday that China had enfranchised the women there, the state central committee of the Oregon Equal Suffrage League was in session in the Selling building, and a tumultuous demonstration followed the announcement. Those assembled expressed their gratification upon the act, and instructed the secretary to send a message to the women of china congratulating them upon their newly-acquired rights.

The campaign committee of the Portland Woman’s Club sent a message to Moy Back Hin, Chinese Consul here, conveying congratulations to the Chinese republic. The message is as follows:

“Through you we send greetings and congratulations to the great republic of China, that, in establishing the most modern form of government, it has made the republic a government of all the people, and not a government of half the people, as we have in Oregon.

“All hail the republic of China, the true democracy. With its women as free as its men! – Woman’s Club campaign Committee.”

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"League Plans Contest," Oregonian, March 20, 1912, 2.





Members Seek Design for Rose Festival Parade
National College Equal Suffrage Organization to Take Active Part in Annual Event.

At a meeting yesterday of the National College Equal Suffrage League at the home of Dr. Henry Waldo Coe, the president, it was decided to inaugurate a contest for an acceptable design to represent the league in the Rose Festival parade next June.

The subject of having floats representing their respective organizations has already been taken up with the different suffrage societies in the city and there is every indication that a keen rivalry will result among them to have the best representation.  The finance committee of the National College Equal Suffrage League was instructed yesterday afternoon to formulate plans for conducting the contests and will report their conclusion at an early meeting.

A novel question that was taken up at the meeting was a plan for having periodical luncheons, at intervals of perhaps one or two weeks. The plan is to secure speakers at these luncheons, which would be attended by the members of the league and invited guests. The entertainment committee was instructed to confer with the various hotel managements as to this and to report the results of their conference at the next business meeting.

A tender from the National College Equal Suffrage League of California of the die used in that state for printing the emblem of the league on postals and on stamp stickers was accepted. Thousands of these cards and stamps will be circulated as soon as the dies are received.

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"M’Camant Stirs Suffragists’ Ire," Oregonian, March 18, 1912, 18.





Statements Made at Meeting of Those Opposing Move Bring Challenge/ OPEN DEBATE IS SOUGHT/ Leaders of Association Lined Up Against “Votes for Women” Say They Will Pay No Attention to Offer for Public Words.

Statements made by Wallace McCamant in a communication from him, read at a meeting of the Oregon State Association Opposed to the Extension of Suffrage to Women, have aroused the ire of members of the Men’s Equal Suffrage Club, and W. M. Davis, its president, said yesterday:
“I want to say on behalf of the Men’s Equal Suffrage Club that we will challenge Mr. McCamant or any person whom he or the anti-suffragists may suggest, to meet us in public debate at any time and any place and under any conditions. Furthermore, we will hire a brass band for the occasion, advertise the debate, rent a hall and bear all incidental expenses of such debate.”

Challenge to Go Unaccepted.
Mr. McCamant, in his communication, reviewed the work of the anti-suffragists during the past 12 years, laying particular emphasis upon their success in defeating the measure of the suffragists. “I will pay no attention to the challenge of Mr. Davis,” said Mr. McCamant last night.
Mrs. Francis F. Bailey, president of the organization, said yesterday that she did not think her organization would be inclined to consider any suggestion for meeting the suffragists in debate.
“We don’t have to debate with these people.” She said. “We have carried on our work quietly and successfully in the past and we intend to do the same thing this campaign. The people know where we stand and a debate would not do any good. We are not going to make a loud racket and clamor, which means nothing and accomplishes nothing. The pople who do not want women to vote are not the kind that get out and shout, and they will take care of us at the next election, the same as they have done in the past.”

Meeting Called for Today.
The anti-suffrage organization held its first preliminary meeting last Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Gordon Voorhies at 622 Kearney street. A plan of action will be outlined and developed at a meeting of the executive board to be held this afternoon at 2 o’clock in the apartments of Mrs. Bailey, in the Bowers Hotel.
The anti-suffragists will most likely wage their fight in this campaign with public meetings, by the distribution of literature and by newspaper publicity. Debates, however, are not included in the plan.
While the anti-suffragists decline to believe that their own object is in any serious jeopardy, the suffragists are active. They are continually organizing new clubs, arranging public meetings and sending their literature to all corners of the state.
State Committee is D…
The State central committee of the Oregon Equal Suffrage League has appointed organizers and is laying the ground for the establishment of new organizations in all parts of the state. The individual organizations, particularly the Men’s Equal Suffrage Club and the National College Equal Suffrage League, will also be strongly fortified with branches throughout the state. Perhaps one of the first branches of the men’s club to be formed will be at Hood River.
Their newest organization—the Women’s Political Equality League—will hold a meeting this afternoon in the auditorium of Olds, Wortman & King’s store at 3 o’clock. Mrs. M. L. T. Hidden, president and founder of the league, will speak on “Equality Before the Law.” Another new league is about to be formed by Mrs. E. C. Comorford, which will also enter the central committee. Next Thursday afternoon at 1:30 the central committee will hold its second regular meeting in the quarters of the National College Equal Suffrage League, 406 Selling building.
The next open meeting of the National College Equal Suffrage League will be held in the Neighborhood House, in South Portland, April 2. The meeting promises to be a rousing one, as William Hanley and Rabbi Jonah R. Wise have been secured for the principal speakers.

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