Metro Councilors receive Votes for Women sashes

From Metro News, November 3, 2011

Three Metro councilors “got sashed” in a surprise ceremony during Metro’s weekly council meeting Thursday. Councilor Barbara Roberts, Oregon’s first female governor, presented her three female colleagues on the council with white sashes embossed with “Votes for Women.”

The sashings were part of ceremonies across the state commemorating the 1912 law allowing Oregon women the right to vote. After five unsuccessful attempts, Oregon voters finally passed the law and became the seventh state granting women suffrage through a ballot initiative process.

Roberts, who was governor from 1991-95, was appointed to fill a vacancy in District 6 in February.

Century of Action: Women Vote, 1912-2012 is a project of the Oregon Women’s History Consortium, which was developed to lead the centennial celebration and to promote women’s history.

Metro News

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