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Oregon Eight-Hour Workday and Room Ventilation for Female Workers, Measure 12 (1914)

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The Oregon Eight-Hour Workday and Room Ventilation for Female Workers Bill, also known as Measure 12, was on the November 3, 1914 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have required employers to install ventilation in work rooms over 80°F and mandated that women shall not be required to work more than eight hours per day as terms of employment.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 12 (1914)
Defeatedd No120,29657.62%
Yes 88,480 42.38%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed by Initiative Petition

Initiated by authority of Mrs. I. B. Garriott, 290 Eugene Street, Portland, Oregon, on behalf of the Eight Hour League. - EIGHT HOUR DAY AND ROOM VENTILATION LAW FOR FEMALE WORKERS. - Its purpose is to amendment Sections 5037 and 5039, Lord’s Oregon Laws, so as to limit the hours and labor and require certain conditions of rest for female workers and make eight hours a day’s labor, not to extend over more than ten consecutive hours in any day, in all manufacturing, mechanical, mercantile and cannery establishments, and places of amusement, and laundries, hotels, rooming houses, apartment houses and restaurants, and telegraph, telephone, express and transportation businesses, and office employments, and providing penalty for violation of the Act. --- Vote YES or NO.

322. Yes

323. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 12 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on November 5, 1913.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 5, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.