First Advisor

Michael McGregor

Date of Publication

Spring 5-18-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing






Women -- Oregon -- Portland -- History, Gifted women -- Oregon -- Portland -- History, Women ship captains -- Oregon -- Portland -- History, Suffragists -- Oregon -- Portland -- History, Women librarians -- Oregon -- Portland -- History, Women tailors -- Oregon -- Portland -- History



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1 online resource (v, 132 pages)


This thesis tells the stories of five Oregon women who transcended the customary roles of their era. Active during the waning years of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, each woman made a difference in the world around them. Their stories have either not been told or just given a passing glance. These tales are important because they inform us about our society on the cusp of the twentieth century.

Hattie Crawford Redmond was the daughter of a freed slave who devoted herself to the fight for women's suffrage. Minnie Mossman Hill was the first woman steamboat pilot west of the Mississippi. Mary Francis Isom was a local librarian who went to France to deliver books to American soldiers. Ann and May Shogren were sisters who brought high fashion to Portland and defied the gender and social rules in both their business and personal lives.

These women were not the only ones who accomplished extraordinary things during their lives. They are a tiny sample of Oregon women who pushed beyond discrimination, hardship and gender limits to earn their place in Oregon's history.


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