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Abigail Scott Duniway

Outspoken and often controversial, Abigail Scott Duniway is remembered as Oregon's "Mother of Equal Suffrage" and "the pioneer Woman Suffragist of the great Northwest." As lecturer, organizer, writer, and editor, Duniway devoted over forty years to the cause of women's rights.

Duniway's extensive written legacy includes her weekly human-rights newspaper, The New Northwest, which she edited and published in Portland for sixteen years (1871-1887); The Coming Century, her "Journal of Progress and Reform" (1891-1892); and The Pacific Empire, a Portland weekly she edited for three years (1895-1897). She also wrote an epic poem, David and Anna Matson (1876); an autobiography, Path Breaking (1914); and twenty-two novels, including Captain Gray's Company (1859), the first novel commercially published in Oregon and later revised as From the West to the West (1905).

Duniway's novels addressed women's rights, and most were serialized in The New Northwest and The Pacific Empire.Dedicated to the improvement of "woman's condition" and personally aware of the hardships women faced, Duniway opened the pages of The New Northwest to other Pacific Northwest women writers such as Frances Fuller Victor, Minnie Myrtle Miller, and Bethenia Owens Adair. 

by Jean M. Ward
excerpted from the Oregon Encyclopedia entry for Duniway
which can be read in its entirety at http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/entry/view/abigail_scott_duniway/