I’m pleased and honored to be included in this peer-reviewed, public history journal that has been published continuously since 1900 by the Oregon Historical Society. With a circulation of 3500, the OHQ attracts both general and scholarly readers with its dedication to presenting the history of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
How did this published article come to be? I worked more than a year developing it from one format to another. Initially the research reflected my biographical study of Dr. Marie Equi. One chapter of the book focuses on her commitment to providing abortion services to her patients and other women referred by her medical colleagues. Then I presented my early research last year at the Pacific Northwest History Conference held in Vancouver, Washington, convened by the Washington State Historical Society. At that point Eliza Canty-Jones, the remarkable editor of OHQ, invited me to submit a manuscript for consideration.
Two scholarly and anonymous reviewers greeted my initial submission with interest and substantial recommendations for greater focus and analysis. I expanded the data set to include a fifty-year period from 1870-1920, and that yielded a sharper, more grounded thesis. A second round of reviews proposed additional changes. A big thanks to both reviewers for their excellent guidance.
At home, my data-driven husband and home-based editor, Dale Danley, developed the four-page Table of doctors and other practitioners charged with abortion. Comprehensive fact-checking and copy-editing by OHQ staff led to greater accuracy and polish, followed by image selection.
Today here it is. Please take a look at the article – with an OHQ subscription, purchase of the individual issue, or through Jstor.org (available through many university and public libraries). Read the first page here.