This is an interesting article that indicates just how profoundly elections had changed after 1920, when women began to vote. Previously, when the voting booth was a gender-specific domain intended strictly for that North American species known in academic circles as the Homo Americanus, the victory margins were seldom greater than 10%. Starting with the 1920 presidential election and continuing through the election of 1936, dramatic differences could be seen between the winners and losers.
Written in an imaginative and seemingly fanciful manner that, happily, is no longer admired among American journalists, the article is illustrated with a helpful chart that clarifies any questions you may have about these contests.
The journalist also believed that the advent of radio broadcasting also had a contributing factor in these elections.
Here are two remarkably brief letters that were addressed to the editors of THE NEW YORK TIMES commenting on a seldom remembered assault that was launched on President Wilson during the Summer of 1918 by a group of Washington, D.C. suffragettes.
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A 1913 profile of Dr. Anna Howard Shaw (1847 – 1919), president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and leader in their struggle to secure American women their right to vote. This article primarily deals with her meeting with President Woodrow Wilson and his inability to commit to the question of women's suffrage.
Having helped to fight the good fight, Dr. Shaw died in 1919, weeks after the U.S. Congress voted to ratify the 19th Amendment.
Some well-chosen words by L.L. Jones, one of the many forgotten Suffragettes of yore, who looked longingly to new day:
"So far as political equality is concerned I believe I could adjust myself quite readily to a society governed by United States presidentesses, State governesses, and city mayorines, alderwomen, chairwomen, directrices, senatresses, and congresswomen, and I believe I should be just as happy if clergywomen preached to me, doctrices prescribed for me, and policewomen helped me across the street, and chuffeuresses ran the taxis which on rare occasions I can afford to take."
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"Last year New York State carried its Woman Suffrage Amendment by a majority of one hundred thousand. The Suffrage Party, instead of turning its headquarters to a tea room or a new Tammany Hall, decided to remain in existence, for educational purposes only, until it was assured that each new voter knew who she was, and what she was going to do about it."
The problem of educating the feminine voter has as little to do with the telephone directory as it has with the Social Register. For the average addition to the voter's lists, strange as it may seem, is quite below the financial level recognized by the switchboard operator..."
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"The majority of women being natural-born housekeepers, why shouldn't the infinite details of a Governor's office appeal to the female of the species?"
This deep thought was put to the public by the inquisitive souls at The Birmingham 'News' just four years after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote.
The attached article concerns the 1924 elections which saw women swept into high political offices all across the fruited plain, among them:
•Mrs. Mariam A Ferguson as the Governor of Texas
•Mrs. Nellie T. Ross as the Governor of Wyoming
•Mrs. Mary T. Norton as a Representative of New Jersey
•Mrs. Florence Knapp as the New York Secretary of Sate.
The article continues in this vain, listing all significant offices that would soon be held by women and clearly indicates that the year 1924 was, for those who are mindful of the course of American political history, a very different year.
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