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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 16, 1912: Woman's Club to Travel Own Road

Esther Pohl and the members of the Portland Woman's Club Suffrage Campaign Committee tried to facilitate an advisory committee to coordinate the work of suffrage organizations in early March 1912. As the Oregon Journal reported on March 16, 1912, they had hoped to "avoid waste of time, resources, energy and talent by duplication of work."

But after several weeks of conflict with members of the Oregon State Equal Suffrage Association including allies of Abigail Scott Duniway who believed this was a challenge to her authority (which it was), the PWCCC announced at its March 16, 1912 meeting that it would not participate in the advisory committee. "Since the mission of the woman's club campaign committee is work and not contention, it does hereby withdraw its delegation from the advisory committee content to leave the issue with the future."
"Woman's Club to Travel Own Road," Oregon Journal, March 16, 1912, 11.

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