Jennifer Stevens authored an essay in a book that was released this week by Routledge called Breaking the Wave: Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945-1985. Dr. Stevens’ essay details the role of Portland, Oregon’s League of Women Voters in the debate over that State’s famous land use laws in the early 1960s. She argues that women’s role in these discussions over proper development and the conservation of open space has been been overlooked by scholars’ focus on big names like Governor Tom McCall. In fact, the League was critical to bringing the question of regional land use, compact cities, and urban growth boundaries to the public and advocating for a new way of looking at urban growth.
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