Stanford professor to discuss impact of women’s suffrage

Grant MillerGrant Miller, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, will present “Women’s Suffrage, Political Responsiveness and Child Survival in American History,” on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room at Linfield College. The presentation, held during women’s history month, also marks the state-wide celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in Oregon.

Miller will discuss his research findings that the passage of women’s suffrage laws led to new legislation and large increases in public health funding. He concludes that these changes resulted in an 8 percent to 15 percent decline in child mortality.

In addition to his faculty appointment at the Stanford School of Medicine, Miller is a core faculty member at the Center for Health Policy, Primary Care and Outcome Research. He also serves as a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Stanford Center for International Development. His primary interests are in health and development economics and economic demography.

Miller’s work on women’s suffrage and child survival can be found in “The Quarterly Journal of Economics.” He will present a brown-bag lunch talk on the same topic on Friday, March 16, at noon at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland.

The event is sponsored by the Edith Green Endowed Lecture fund. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Debbie Olsen, instructor in history, at or 503-883-2759.