On this day in 1920, women were given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified.
Rediscover the movement through the Abigail Scott Duniway (1834-1915) papers, who was the leading suffragist for Oregon women’s voting rights. Duniway moved to Oregon from Illinois in 1852 with her family on the Oregon Trail and kept a detailed journal of their travels; the diary has been digitized and can be viewed here. Duniway was later a key leader of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and she aided the national effort. This expansive collection contains her correspondence, published and unpublished literary works, documents pertaining to the suffrage movement, and a considerable amount of newspaper clippings reporting on Duniway’s political and social work. The guide to the collection can be found here.
In addition, we have various other women’s political and social activists collections which are detailed in this subject guide. Manuscripts Curator, Linda Long, has highlighted these collections in the article, “Equality, Politics, and Separatism: The Papers of Oregon Feminists in the University of Oregon Libraries,” published by the Oregon Historical Society.