"Conference On Suffrage," Oregonian, April 03, 1906, 14.

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April 2010 This Month in Oregon Woman Suffrage History

“Conference on Suffrage: One Hundred Women Are Expected to Attend Sessions,” Oregonian, April 3, 1906, 14.

Oregon suffragists prepared for the June 1906 election that would bring the question of votes for women to the ballot after the resounding send-off given to the campaign at the 1905 National American Woman Suffrage Association meeting at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in the summer of 1905.

On April 4, 1906, suffrage supporters from around the state gathered to network and gain momentum for the final months of the 1906 campaign and to greet national leaders, including National American Woman Suffrage Association president Anna Howard Shaw. The day-long conference, held in Portland, brought major players in Oregon woman suffrage, labor, and reform groups from a variety of professions and occupations.

The afternoon session included talks by Mary A. Thompson, M.D. on “The Qualifications of Voters,” “Woman and the Municipality,” by Grace Watt Ross, president of the Portland Woman’s Club, and “The Welfare of the Child,” by Millie Trumbull.

At the evening session Abigail Scott Duniway addressed the group on “Marching on to Victory,” and Sarah A. Evans, president of the Oregon State Federation of Women’s Clubs, spoke on the “Advantage of the Ballot to the Clubwoman,” Eva Emery Dye on “Oregon’s Debt to Women,” and Luema G. Johnson of the Union Label League and the State Federation of Labor on “The Wage-Earner.” This session also included remarks by Clara Waldo of the Oregon Grange on “The Influence of the Woman on the Farm,” and Esther Pohl, M.D. on “The Debt of the Professional Woman to the Pioneer Suffragists.”

Organizers hoped to bring together suffrage supporters from many parts of the state and representing different organizations and groups of women to enhance their appeal for votes for women that June.

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