The Northwest Authors Speaker Series is celebrating women’s history by hosting Marianne Monson who will discuss and read from her new novel, Her Quiet Revolution: A Novel of Martha Hughes Cannon, Frontier Doctor and First Female State Senator.
After being the only woman to graduate from the Michigan Medical School in the early 1880’s, Cannon practiced medicine in Utah, where she was active in politics and women’s suffrage. She successfully ran against her husband for a seat in the state legislature, becoming the first woman state senator.
Cannon’s story is especially relevant in 2020 which marks the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the US. The fight for women’s suffrage was hard fought, beginning in 1848 and continuing until the U S Secretary of State certified the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, giving women the vote throughout the US. Individual states had granted suffrage earlier: Wyoming was the first in 1869; Utah followed in 1870; Oregon didn’t approve suffrage till 1912.
Monson is the author of other works dealing with women’s history, including Frontier Grit: The Unlikely Stories of Daring Pioneer Women, and Women of the Blue and Gray: True Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies of the Civil War. Monson, who lives in Astoria, teaches at Clatsop Community College.