Monday, July 20, 2020

She didn't like sewing...

Abigail Scott Duniway was a true trailblazer and a leader of suffrage in Oregon.  Life in the western country was incredibly difficult and especially for women.  Abigail had witnessed that from childhood.  She is often referred to as the "pioneer suffragists of the great northwest."

Abigail Scott Duniway (1834-1915)

Her history can be found in a very interesting article here which relays her history and the hardships faced by women. It's an excellent article and features a close up of her quilt.  

Here is the quilt  in it's entirety:

One article said she disliked sewing but knew that sewing would provide her with an opportunity to interact with a variety of women.

 From 1871 to 1887 she published a newspaper called The New Northwest Newspaper and featured a variety of stories about women and suffrage.

Abigail passed away in 1915, five years before the 19th Amendment was ratified.  But due to her hardwork and campaigning, she did get to vote.  Oregon enacted equal suffrage in 1912.

Way to go Abigail!  P.S.--doesn't that man behind her look annoyed?  😂

Have a safe and happy day!

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