Here Come the Suffragists:
The Role of the Mercer Girls in the
Washington Woman Suffrage Movement
by Shanna Stevenson, WHC Coordinator
A brief notice in the October 27, 1871 issue of The New Northwest echoed the notice of a group of similar minded women some 23 years earlier in 1848 at Seneca Falls, N. Y. announcing the Seneca Falls Convention which was the beginning of the 19th century woman’s suffrage movement. The 1871 Olympia declaration survives as a fragile piece of courage of women who were willing to put their names in the public sphere in favor of women’s rights. More...