Woman Citizen And Democratic Partisan
This chapter analyzes women's post-suffrage effort to gain power in the political parties whilst at the same time maintaining a separate female political culture shaped by the voluntary association tradition. Minnie Fisher Cunningham personified this duality in the early 1920s. In 1924 she was elected second vice president of the League of Women Voters, with the responsibility for strengthening state chapters and running a national Get Out the Vote Campaign. At the same time, she served with Eleanor Roosevelt on the Women's Democratic Advisory Committee, seeking influence for women within the Democratic Party. By the mid-1920s she was training women as Democratic organizers and working closely with Emily Newell Blair, head of the Women's Division of the Democratic Party. At Blair's request, she was appointed resident director of the failing Woman's National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.; Cunningham presided over its rejuvenation and became a spokeswoman for the party.
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