THE LADY AND THE VOTE by Marion K. Sanders


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A feathery come-on with serious consequences, this light approach to heavy duty on the political front examines the field for women and what they have and haven't done with it. A Democratic party worker with foreign affairs experience behind her, Mrs. Sanders discusses politicking locally amid the greater and lesser battle axes, ardent amateurs, the pros, beloved candidates -- the crowd in general. She indicates what is to be expected in the way of jobs handed out, what transactions, particularly palace revolutions, to sidestep. She touches on the two functions of the party for which the machinery works -- producing funds and votes; and she has something to say on spoils, apathy, campaign tactics, facing ungallant opposition and hard knocks. Perhaps her most appealing rally is her review of the Suffrage movement, worked on so long by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her friend Susan B. Anthony and concluded by Alice Paul's pickets in 1919. After winning the vote, according to Mrs. Sanders, ""the girls"" demobbed, and went back to neglected tasks- and the men didn't mind one bit. In fact, she claims, men still relegate to the women issues they think are ""women's issues"", and keep them off such things as foreign affairs, which some of them (such as Mrs. Sanders herself) may know more about than conceded. The work for equality is still to be done. This is an invitation to the party -- not a handbook.

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 1956
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin