An elegant woman in a long white robe with flowing hair sits on a horse. She is surrounded by a crowd of people standing about.​​
Inez Milholland Boissevain, sits on a white horse at the National American Woman Suffrage Association parade on ​March 3, 1913 in ​Washington, D.C. (Courtesy of Library of Congress) Enlarge Image
​​​Numerous events helped to propel the woman suffrage movement forward over the decades. They inspired women around the country to take action in their own lives, even if only in small ways. The cumulative effect over time created a groundswell of support that opponents to woman suffrage could not resist. As a result, newly empowered women asserted themselves in other ways too, such as holding political offices and moving into male-dominated professions. Here are some significant events both nationally and in Oregon.