Women’s History Month – Abigail Scott Duniway

Abigail Scott Duniway (1834 – 1915) was another pioneer in women’s rights, and equality, regardless of ethnicity.  She fought in two states for women’s right to vote.  She won that right in Washington State in 1910.  In Oregon, it was 1912 before women could vote.  Another 8 years before women could vote anywhere in the country.  In fact, the 100th year of women’s right to vote is coming up in 2020.
Abigail Scott Duniway was mentored by Susan B Anthony, and worked with the various suffrage groups, eventually combining two.  No idea why they called the right to vote suffrage.  Suffering is painful.  Voting shouldn’t be.
She was a writer, like many influential women of her time, and built her own newspaper.  Mostly, it covered the extremes that women lived through.  Though, it covered the Native Americans and even the Chinese conditions as well.
She was able to recognize the differences in how society viewed how much women should make.  Women’s money was often called egg money, as it was often made by selling a few extra eggs. Women were not expected to need, or want , much more than their husbands could provide.  Many were not in place to be able to purchase extras either, as they often lived in rural places with only a few neighbors.
Abigail Scott Duniway’s work gave women the right to vote, and hope that in the future women may eventually be valued equal to a man in job status and wages as well.  We still haven’t met that dream.

Works Cited: All Accessed on 02/23/17

http://womenshistory.about.com/od/westernamerica/p/duniway.htm

https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/abigail_scott_duniway/#.WLGeXxDxe-w

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