The self-supporting woman of today wants to work for and deserve whatever success may come to her. These women are not asking for favors. All they want is fair competition. Formerly all that the self-supporting woman could hope for was to make a living, but since the World war the forward march of working women has taken on new life and women are everywhere measuring up to new standards. It is not enough that they take care of their own needs. In addition to this they must contribute something for the betterment of the world and in doing so they become bigger women and are better qualified to do bigger work at their desks.
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Among the successful self-supporting women of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is numbered Miss Neva M. Scott. She was born in Cattaraugus county, New York, her parents being John T. and Olive (Myers) Scott, the former a native of New Jersey, while the mother’s birth occurred in Pennsylvania.
The father was an oil producer of Illinois, from which state he removed with his wife and family to Oklahoma in 1910, and settled at Bartlesville. He and his family now live in a fine brick home, which is situated on Osage and Seventh streets, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Neva M. Scott acquired her early education in the public schools of Toledo, Ohio, passing through consecutive grades to the high school, after which she took up the profession of teaching in Marion, Indiana. She later became a pupil in the State Normal College at Terre Haute, Indiana and the Marion Normal College of Marion, Indiana. She lacked but a few weeks of graduating from the department of oratory of the Normal College when conditions arose which prevented her from completing the course.
She came to Oklahoma with her parents and in 1911 she succeeded her sister, Bertha, as deputy to the office which she now occupies, her sister resigning, as she was about to marry. This position Miss Scott filled for a period of seven years, when in 1918 she resigned as deputy county clerk and entered a real estate and insurance office, but in the fall of 1920 she gave up this position to enter the campaign for the office which she is now occupying that of county clerk. In the primary election she ran against the man whose deputy she had been for about six and a hail years. She won the race by an overwhelming majority of nearly two to one. She did not seek the office-it sought her-and it was with reluctance that she accepted the nomination. She now has four deputies working under her charge and has filled the position most acceptably since her election to the office of county clerk of Washington county, Oklahoma.
Miss Scott is a very bright young woman, quick of thought and action and is living at home with her parents in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and is secretary of the Oklahoma State Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. She is a, member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Allois Club of Bartlesville and is county secretary of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. In religious faith she is a Presbyterian. Miss Scott is earnestly doing her share of the work in promoting the general welfare of the people in her community, particularly devoting much time to the good of woman-kind the world over.