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Women Candidates Win Higher Offices (The Literary Digest, 1924)

"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 many American women swept into high political offices all across the fruited plain; it lists all significant offices that would soon be held by women and clearly indicates that the year 1924 ushered in a new era in American political history.

Click here to read further about women in national politics.

In 1933 FDR named one of these women to serve as Director of the U.S. Mint...


Women Win Office in 1916 (The Nation, 1916)

A brief account of the 1916 November elections in the United States and how well women candidates fared, particularly in the West where gains where strongest:

"The continued election of women to minor offices may be taken as showing that suffrage has increased the number of those from whom fit choices can be made."

1924 was a very important year for American women in politics...


Suffragettes Attack President Wilson (NY Times, 1918)

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.

Click here to read about the WAC truck drivers of W.W. II.


Dr. Anna Howard Shaw (Literary Digest, 1913)

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.


The New York Suffrage Amendment Advances the Ball (Vogue Magazine, 1917)

"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..."

Click here to read articles about the American women of W.W. II.


Violent Women (The Literary Digest, 1913)

With the number violent acts committed by destructive Suffragettes quickly growing, the British patriarchs considered deporting them to Australia and other dominions as a just punishment for such a class of women.

Read about an attack on President Wilson that was launched by the suffragettes in 1918...


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