The movement to secure woman suffrage in Oregon and the United States did not occur in a vacuum. Many countries around the world preceded the United States in reaching the goal, led by New Zealand in 1893. Efforts
in the United Kingdom were particularly influential to American attitudes. Proponents eventually
found success, but it came in fits and starts as protectors of traditional power structures resisted with strong
campaigns of their own.
The following timelines place the Oregon experience in a larger
context over the course of decades.