Oregon Suffrage for Women, Measure 2 (June 1906)

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The Oregon Suffrage for Women Amendment, also known as Measure 2, was on the June 4, 1906 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have given women the right to vote in Oregon.[1]


Constituents voted on women's suffrage again with Measure 9 of 1908 and Measure 1 of 1912. Measure 9 of 1908 was actually defeated by a higher margin than Measure 2. Measure 1 of 1912, however, passed and women were granted suffrage.

Election results

Oregon Measure 2 (1906)
Defeatedd No47,07556.06%
Yes 36,902 43.94%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

The Following Is The Number and Form in Which the Question will be Printed on the Official Ballot:

Proposed By Initiative Petition

For Equal Suffrage Constitutional Amendment. --- Vote Yes or No

302. Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

303. No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]



  • Governor George E. Chamberlain (D)
  • Harry Lane, Mayor of Portland (D)
  • Oregon Equal Suffrage Association
  • Women's Auxiliary of Pioneer Association
  • State Federation of Woman’s Clubs
  • Woman’s Medical Association


Charlotte Moffett Cartwright, President of the Women’s Auxiliary of Pioneer Association, wrote in response to opponents of women's suffrage:[3]

  • Women pay taxes to the state and country. Thereby, they deserve suffrage based on the motif, “no taxation without representation.”
  • Opponents claimed that women did not pay a "service tax." Cartwright responded, “Every mother who has reared a family and done the manifold work of her household has paid a service tax to her country, which ought in all fairness to be taken as an offst for the soldiering that is not required of her.”

The Oregon Equal Suffrage Association responded to claims of economic damages that would be incurred due to the amendment:[3]

  • The economic prosperity of states with women's suffrage has grown, while Oregon's has not. “We do not claim that the prosperity of these states is due to woman suffrage. What we do say is that the charge made in the protest of corporate interests is false, and founded upon prejudice.”
  • Opponents, specifically wealthy women, criticized the amendment due to potential damages to investment interests. The association responded, “The above showing should be a rebuke to the capitalists who are trying to control, for their selfish ends, the interests which should be of mutual benefit to all Oregonians.”



  • Anti-Suffrage Association of Oregon


  • Women may pay financial taxes, but they don’t pay “service taxes” by doing military duty, therefore they don't deserve suffrage.[3]
  • A group of "multi-millionaire women" were opposed to the amendment. They argued that the increased vote of "plain people" would "hurt the business interests of Oregon, limit railroad building, and scare timid investors."

Path to the ballot

Measure 2 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State.[4]

Similar measures

Defeatedd Oregon Suffrage for Women, Measure 9 (June 1908)

Defeatedd Oregon Suffrage for Women Taxpayers, Measure 1 (1910)

Approveda Oregon Suffrage for Women, Measure 1 (1912)

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