Patricia A. Schechter is associate professor of History at Portland State University. Her book Ida B. Wells-Barnett in American Reform, 1880-1930 (Chapel Hill, 2001) won the Sierra Book Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians. She and her students have worked on a number of community-based history projects in Oregon with groups like the YWCA of Greater Portland, the Oregon Nurses Association, and the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Avel Gordly (1947-)
In 1996, Avel Louise Gordly became the first African American woman to be elected to the Oregon State Senate. Gordly was born in Portland on February 13, 1947. Her father, Fay Gordly, was a railroad worker active with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Maids; her mother, Beatrice Bernice …
Oregon Nurses Association
The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) serves as a professional organization of registered nurses and as a collective bargaining agent for its members. ONA is part of the national American Nurses Association (ANA); both groups were founded around the turn of the twentieth century. ONA joined the ANA in 1911, but …