The year 2020 may notably mark the beginning of a new decade, but it also marks another major milestone in history: the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, granting women the right to vote.
Cambia Health Solutions is proud to commemorate the brave activists that advocated for women’s suffrage over hundred years later, during Women’s History Month in March and throughout the year, by sponsoring a new exhibit on display at the Oregon Historical Society: Nevertheless, They Persisted: The Nineteenth Amendment and Women’s Voting Rights.
A Community Health Care Innovator: Meet Dr. Esther Lovejoy
Trailblazing stories from women like Portland’s own Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy will be front-and-center at the Oregon Historical Society’s exhibit, which is currently due to open Monday, March 30 and will run through November. Touted as the first female health officer of a major city, Dr. Lovejoy took an active and significant role in the local woman’s suffrage movement in the early 20th century.
An early advocate in a time when community health was in its infancy, Dr. Lovejoy reflects the same pioneering spirit that led Cambia to transform the health care industry over 100 years ago. Cambia is proud to sponsor Dr. Lovejoy’s profile, on display at the exhibit.
The first woman to graduate from the University of Oregon Medical School, Lovejoy was appointed to Portland’s city health board in 1905 and served as the city health officer from 1907-1909. With a belief that healthy communities were the responsibility of the people and their government, she helped prevent a bubonic plague outbreak from hitting Portland in 1907. While working for Oregon’s suffrage campaigns in 1906 and 1912, she emphasized the need for women to vote in order to make their homes and cities healthier places to live and work.
Lovejoy was born in a Washington lumber camp in 1869 and became a champion for community health and a leader in health care innovation. Nearly fifty years after her birth, Cambia Health Solutions was founded by Washington timber workers on the belief of helping each other in times of need.
Nevertheless, They Persisted exhibit coming soon
Join Cambia Health Solutions in celebrating Dr. Lovejoy and the many other women who put in the work necessary to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment 100 years ago.
The Oregon Historical Society is closed temporarily, given the most recent announcement from state and local officials surrounding large public gatherings, and is expected to reopen on Monday, March 30. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents. More information about the exhibit can be found on the Oregon Historical Society’s website.