Because she was a remarkable woman, born well ahead of her time, we chose to honor author, editor, entrepreneur and suffragist, Abigail Scott Duniway, by naming our chapter for her.
Abigail Jane Scott traveled over the
After arriving in the
Those long months spent writing the trail diary
had ignited something in the young woman. In spite of being
with household duties, farm chores, and the never-ending
responsibilities of being a wife and mother of three preschoolers, she
needed more. She needed to write. So, write she did.
Duniway, as she eventually signed her work, submitted numerous poems
and articles to local newspapers. In 1857 she wrote the first
be commercially published in
By 1871, Abigail established her own newspaper, the
New Northwest. Its motto was “Free Speech, Free Press, Free
People.” Abigail was the family breadwinner now. Ben
disabled in an accident, but he was able to perform many household
duties for her, becoming a prototype Mr. Mom. Abigail had great
marketing skill. She promoted women’s rights, but was canny
enough to recognize that the paper had to appeal to many people in
order to keep circulation in the black, so she featured cliff-hanger
serialized stories that she herself authored, along with what could be
considered a forerunner of the Dear Abby advice column, something
similar to Heloise’s household tips, and commentaries on current
events. To stimulate circulation, she hired people to sell
subscriptions, and she rewarded them with tiered levels of prizes
– something we still see today.
Women’s suffrage became her cause.
lobbied across the states of
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