Here’s a beautiful story about women joining with each other for mutual support. This lead sentence and the photo to the left are from Jan Jackson’s wonderful website: The Country Traveler.
“On March 20, 1912, just days before the Mayor of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C., the Titanic sank and Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel, a group of rural ladies in a Knox Butte Oregon farmhouse formed a society they called the Sunshine Circle.”
Naturally, IFO couldn’t resist commenting. Here’s what she said,
“Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES) was formed a couple of months ago to celebrate all the interesting things that happened in Yamhill County that year. For example, McMinnville and Newberg both built Carnegie libraries that year, thanks to a generous contribution from Andrew Carnegie. The city of Albany got their Carnegie money a year earlier, in 1911.”
YES members include men, but the main drivers are women.
Also, Hadassah is celebrating our 100th Anniversary. From the website (verbs changed to fit IFO’s idea of proper verb tense):
At a meeting at Temple Emanu-El in New York City on February 24, 1912, Henrietta Szold together with other Zionist women, proposed to the Daughters of Zion study circle that they expand their purpose and embrace “practical Zionism,” proactive work to help meet the health needs of Palestine’s people. Because the meeting was held around the time of Purim, the women called themselves “The Hadassah chapter of the Daughters of Zion,” adopting the Hebrew name of Queen Esther.
Meanwhile, back in Oregon, after a long, long battle (40+ years), according to the Oregon Encyclopedia, “In November 1912, Oregon voters approved woman suffrage by 52 percent. On November 30, as a symbol of her long suffrage legacy, Abigail Scott Duniway wrote and signed Oregon’s Equal Suffrage Proclamation at the request of Governor Oswald West.”
Women were on the move in that decade. Well! World War I and the flu epidemic put a stop to that nonsense! By 1920, movements and clubs formed exclusively by and for women had simmered down.
BTW, do you know why there was so much opposition to women’s suffrage in the early 20th century? Men and alcoholic beverage manufacturers feared woman would pass laws prohibiting manufacture and sale of said beverages.
And the men were right! It’s a great story about allegedly good deeds and good intentions gone horribly wrong – Prohibition led the way for massive government corruption that is still with us. Not that they weren’t corrupt before then, they just stepped up the crimes by an order of magnitude.