"Mrs. Olive Gabriel Talks," Oregonian, October 16, 1912, 7.





Oregon Native Daughter Speaks on
Equal Suffrage.

Mrs. Olive Stott Gabriel, a native daughter of Oregon, but who has been a resident of New York for several years, and is associate editor of the Women Lawyers’ Journal, New York, addressed the Stenographers’ Equal Suffrage League, Monday night.

“In speaking of the value of cooperation of women I wish to remind you of the small percentage of labor represented in labor unions, yet their demands are always met by legislation and politicians, as is seen by laws enacted for their protection both in regard to safety of machinery, the matter of wages and sanitation,” she said. “Women, not having the ballot, have no force to use in presenting a petition to remedy conditions under which they labor.  The status of woman is greatly due to the prejudice that has grown out of her position under the old common law, which prevails with slight changes in all of our states.  Whatever liberty women now posses (sic.) is held only by courtesy, as the power to remove any of the enabling statutes is wholly within the voter’s province.  In only 14 states in the Union does a woman hold joint guardianship in the person of her child.  This does not give her a voice in the management of its property.”

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