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Center celebrates 100 years of suffrage movement

This fall marks one hundred years since the women of Oregon were granted the right to vote on November 29, 1912.  Proving to be pioneers in this effort, women in Oregon and other west coast states joined the political process even though the Nineteenth Amendment wasn’t passed until eight years later.  Since then much progress has been made toward gender equality, but there is still work to be done.

Portland State’s own Center for Women, Politics & Policy has been working to ensure that women have a voice in the shaping of the future since the founding of its flagship program NEW LeadershipTM Oregon in 2003. With this historic year celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage, the Center has been focused on looking to the future and what the next 100 years of leadership will look like in Oregon.

As part of celebrating a century of Oregon women's suffrage, this fall the Center will be hosting its Sixth Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon. The event brings together community leaders to help support and recognize local women leaders and inspire the next generation. The proceeds of the event help fund two of the Center’s development programs: NEW LeadershipTM Oregon and Teens Lead. Together, these programs have trained nearly 300 women who have won community awards, run for office, and served in leadership positions throughout the state and nation.

In addition, the Center will be unveiling an Oregon Women Firsts companion poster to complement the Women's History Curriculum the Center developed for Oregon students in grades 6-12. This new educational resource will allow students around the state to learn more about the achievements of Oregon women and aspire to their leadership examples.

This year’s luncheon will feature the first female governor of Oregon, Barbara Roberts, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership in public service. Other honorees will include: Jill Eiland from Intel, Lynne Saxton from Youth Villages-ChristieCare, and Nargess Shadbeh from the Oregon Law Center.  The event will be Thursday October 4, 2012 at the Portland Art Museum's Kridel Grand Ballroom from 11:30 am to 1pm.

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To learn more about the Center’s women’s history curriculum, please visit: