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If you’re thinking . . .

If you’re thinking about women and politics, consider how hard the struggle had been. For example: A referendum to enfranchise women in Oregon was defeated five times: 1884, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1910! The picture is of Harrriet “Hattie” Redmond, president of the Colored Women Equal Suffrage League during the sixth campaign in 1912 when an amendment to the Oregon State Constitution enfranchising women was finally approved. A hundred years later, a headstone was placed on Harriet Redmond’s grave in Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland, OR, with the epitaph: “Black American Suffragist.”

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