A Woman’s New Deal
Several developments, including the weakness of the Texas and National League of Women Voters, convinced Cunningham that middle-class women's voluntary organizations were unable to bring about significant social change, and so during the 1930s she helped bring Left Feminism into being by organizing a women's movement within the Democratic Party allied with groups on the political Left, such as the CIO. Left Feminists like Cunningham agreed with other New Dealers on the need to reform class structures, but also sought fundamental changes in race and gender relations. A member of Eleanor Roosevelt's women's network, Cunningham established new Texas women's organizations, such as the Women's Committee for Economic Policy, as well as working nationally in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee, the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, and the National Defense Advisory Commission.
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