Janice Dilg

Janice Dilg is an independent historian who lives in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in the Old Northwest, Ohio. She holds a MA in history from Portland State University. Her research and scholarship focuses on women and labor history in the Pacific Northwest in the early 20th century. Dilg’s public history projects include: Project Director for the Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912-2012; coordinator of the US District Court of Oregon Historical Society Oral History Project, and instructor of the Portland State University Senior Capstone, Monumental Women, which documents women’s civic contributions to Portland online and through a developing women’s heritage trail.

Author's Entries

  • Harriet "Hattie" Redmond (1862-1952)

    Harriet “Hattie” Redmond was a leader in the long struggle for Oregon woman suffrage, especially during the successful campaign of 1912. The right to vote was especially important to Redmond as a Black woman living in a state that had codified Black exclusion laws in its constitution. Redmond’s work …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Maribel Cadmus (1924–)

    Maribel Cadmus was secretary of the Oregon Senate from 1976 to 1988, acting as the Senate’s administrator and parliamentarian and keeping it functioning, both during legislative sessions and between sessions. During her tenure, she oversaw the modernization of the position through the introduction of computers and the standardization of office …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Millie R. Trumbull (1866-1940)

    Millie Reid Trumbull was a forceful advocate for women and children in the industrial workplace. As the first executive secretary of the Oregon Board of Inspectors of Child Labor, Trumbull helped enforce child labor laws. She was so well known in that role that early twentieth-century employers exclaimed when Trumbull …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Oregon Industrial Welfare Commission

    In the spring of 1913, the Oregon legislature created the first compulsory minimum wage law in the nation and its governing agency, the Industrial Welfare Commission. The law legitimized government’s right to regulate women and minor worker's wages and was copied across the country. The Fair Labor and Standards Act …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Owen Murphy Panner (1924–2018)

    Owen Murphy Panner was a lawyer and federal judge in Oregon from the mid-twentieth century into the first decades of the twenty-first. He was the longtime attorney for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and served as a U.S. District Court of Oregon judge for thirty-eight years. Panner was born …

    Oregon Encyclopedia