Lewis Authors Lead Essay in WJC
Ph.D. student Tiffany Lewis is the author of the lead essay in a recent issue of the Western Journal of Communication. Her essay is entitled "Winning Woman Suffrage in the Masculine West: Abigail Scott Duniway's Frontier Myth."
Lewis offers a close textual analysis of Abigail Scott Duniway's speeches, and she attempts to reconcile the paradoxical origin of woman suffrage in the West: that the earliest advances for women's voting rights first appeared on the mythically masculine frontier. Duniway, an Oregon suffragist, contested the notion of the male frontier hero through a telling of the frontier myth that featured the White heroines of the West earning their citizenship by surviving on the frontier. Although she included White women as frontier heroines, she excluded Eastern women and non-White women in the West and thus maintained the myth's masculine and White foundations.
Citation: Tiffany Lewis, "Winning Woman Suffrage in the Masculine West: Abigail Scott Duniway's Frontier Myth," Western Journal of Communication75 (2011): 127-147.