About this Focus
In 1987, congress set aside the month of March as Women's History Month, devoted to the exploration and celebration of women who have made a difference, in both large and small ways, in how we live today. The 2006 theme for Women's History Month is "Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams." This year's theme honors the spirit of possibility and hope set in motion by generations of women in their creation of communities and their encouragement of dreams.

In these pages the Oregon Historical Society focuses on women in Oregon's history. Many women have been influential in Oregon’s history. Included here are portraits of Beatrice Morrow Cannady, a pioneer of African American education in Oregon during the Progressive Era; Bethenia Owens-Adair, a doctor and suffrage worker; Abigail Scott Dunaway, writer, publisher, and leader of the campaign for women's suffrage; and several others. Other influential women include Frances Holmes Gerke, the Architect who founded the Oregon Society of Landscape Architects; Carrie Sweetser, a turn-of-the-century botanical painter; Gertrude Bass Warner, the founder of the University of Oregon's Museum of Art; Opal Stanley Whitely, an amateur naturalist who attended University of Oregon from 1916-1918; and Barbara Roberts, Oregon's first woman governor (1991-1995). While there is not nearly enough space to explore the lives of all of these women in the following pages, visitors are urged to investigate them and the lives of many others at the Women's Studies Research site at the University of Oregon.
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