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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Everybody's Equal Suffrage League Front Page News

When prominent New York suffragist Alva Belmont sent in her quarter to join Everybody's Equal Suffrage League in the last week of October 1912 it made front page news in the Oregonian

"Mrs. Belmont Sends Coin," Oregonian, October 28, 1912, 1.
According to the report, Everybody's League, headed by Esther Pohl Lovejoy, had reached a membership of 600. And the story highlighted the grassroots nature of the organization. Belmont, the reporter noted, had sent in her dues of 25 cents "and thereby becomes a vice-president, for there is no other office and no rank and file." With her membership, Belmont greetings "wishing for the success of the cause in Oregon, and rejoicing that the prospects were bright."

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