Dr. Marie Equi

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Dr. Marie Equi, was born in 1872 in New Bedford, Massachusetts but found fame in the Northwest as an activist in Portland, Oregon., where she became the first woman to graduate University of Oregon Medical School in 1903. After supporting the Oregon Packing Plant strike in 1913, she contributed her speaking and organizing talents to the IWW local. It is interesting to note that as a professional, she was not allowed to become a dues paying member. Equi became a close friend of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, joining her on the platform, raising money for those jailed in the Everett free speech fight.

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