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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Esther Pohl in 1912: Women Physicians and Suffrage

Esther Pohl was one of many women doctors in Portland active in the suffrage cause. Much of her suffrage rhetoric and organizing involved using the vote to achieve public health; her experiences in medical school, being denied an internship, and her struggle to gain a place in the male medical establishment all contributed to her support for votes for women. 

The Portland City Directory for 1912 lists 449 physicians, 38 (eight percent) were women. Many were suffrage activists. Here's the list:
Bixby (Griff)
Alys A
Mrs
6 Lafayette Bldg
Breuer
Berthe

761 Broadway
Brown
Flora A
Mrs
517 Dekum Bldg
Cardwell
Mae H

601 Dekum Bldg
Coe
V M
Mrs
606 Marquam Bldg
Darr
Clara

412 Swetland Bldg
Dearborn
E K
Mrs
800 Union Ave N
Ellis
L A
Mrs
230 ½ Russell
Equi
Marie D

326 Medical Bldg
Erickson
Nellie
Mrs
845 Thompson
French
C Gertrude

525 Medical Bldg
Graves
Luzana E

E 13 Holbrook Block St. Johns
Gray
Kittie P

417 Medical Bldg
Hampton
L Victoria

475 W Park
Johnson
E D

315 Mohawk Bldg
Johnson
L A
Mrs
427 Mohawk Bldg
Kramer
Mary
Mrs
861 Mississippi Bldg
Little
Eugenia G

583 Spokane Ave
McGavin
Jessie M

511 Medical Bldg
MacLachlan
Mary

525 Medical Bldg
Madigan
Mary V

503 Oregonian Bldg
Manion
F S
Mrs
517 Medical Bldg
Manion
K C
Mrs
917 Corbett Bldg
Marquam
L M
Mrs
788 E Yamhill
Norton
Selina

10 E 15th
Patton
Elsie D

300 Marquam Bldg
Pohl
E C
Mrs
216 Failing Bldg
Quigley
Margaret N

412 Swetland Bldg
Schnauffer
E H
Mrs
424 Williams Ave
Spurrier
Ravena T

645 E 21st
Stratton
Margaret

211 23rd N
Talbott
C E C
Mrs
1384 Rodney Ave
Van Alstine
E E
Mrs
512 Marquam Bldg
Warren
A L F
Mrs
301 Dekum Bldg
Welty
Emma J

321 Montgomery
Whiteside
Sarah

216 Failing Bldg
Wood
Nina E

18  Selling-Hirsch Bldg
Ziegler
Amelia

520 Medical Bldg

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