USA Today Network will name 10 American women from each state and the District of Columbia who've made a significant difference in the world as Women of the Century.They're focused on the 19th amendment and women who lived and were active after 1920.
The Statesman Journal is coordinating Oregon's part of the project.
We'll assemble an expert panel to brainstorm candidates and consider public nominations.
You can get started nominating women at usatoday.com/womenofthecentury/.
Coincidentally, the National League of Women Voters' selection for "America's Greatest Women" in 1923 turned up recently, and it is interesting to consider in light of the contest.
|May 13th, 1923|
- Martha van Renssalaer, "teacher of home economics at Cornell...and a member of the food administration executive staff during the war"
- Anna Jump Cannon, "astronomer"
- Minnie Maddern Fiske, "actress"
- Carrie Chapman Catt, "organizer and leader in the long fight for women suffrage"
- M. Carey Thomas, "president of Bryn Mawr"
- Julia Lathrop, "authority on child welfare"
- Louise Homer, "contralto"
- (Not pictured) Anna Botsford Comstock, "writer and student of natural history"
- (Not pictured) Ceclilia Beaux, "painter"
- (Not pictured) Florence Rena Sabin, "professor of anatomy"
She really deserves a full-length biography and a deeper reckoning with the tensions in her progressivisim: Her later marriage to the KKK-adjacent Walter Pierce and support for eugenics contrasts with her considerable body of administrative library work and other unambiguous good works. Her work compiling the history of local soldiers in World War I may have been lost or underappreciated. She also vacationed a lot, and I wonder if there is a story there in other interests or other people she visited. There are multiple threads that seem worth chasing down and analyzing in much greater detail. She was a fully complex individual with significant accomplishments.
|Cornelia Marvin and future husband Walter Pierce|
praising author of Oregon's sterilization law for
"preventing an increase of defectives."
(September 14th, 1926)
|September 16th, 1916|
|October 17th, 1918|
|March 19th, 1919|
|February 17th, 1920|
|June 25th, 1920|
Addendum, January 12th
And here's the clip in print.