A Room at a Time: How Women Entered Party Politics

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Political Science - 353 pages
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FOR THE PAPERBACK RELEASE: The prominent political women of today stand upon the shoulders of those who spent the last two hundred years building a foundation for women's political participation. Jo Freeman brings to us the rich story of how American women entered into political life and party politics well before suffrage and often completely separate from it. She shows that women's early political involvement was focused on the Republican party, very different from the situation today. And she builds up to the explosion of women's political activisim of the 1960s and 1970s, connecting past to future by tracing the roots of key political strategies still being debated in the early 21st century. Now for the first time in paperback, A Room at a Time is considered a landmark of original research into women's political history as well as party politics."
  

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Contents

Social Movements and Party Systems Where Do Women Fit?
9
Party Systems
11
Where Do Women Fit?
20
Cracking Open the Door Women and Partisanship in the Nineteenth Century
27
Female Reform
28
Womans Rights
31
Partisanship
32
Women in Politics
37
The National Womans Party
129
The Womens Progressive Network
134
Other Feminist Organizations
138
Prohibition and Repeal
139
Peace and Patriotism
143
Building a Base Women in Local Party Politics
149
Brining Women into the Parties
150
Political Clubs
153

Partisanship and Suffrage
42
Assaulting the Citadel Woman Suffrage and the Political Parties
47
Opposition to Woman Suffrage
50
Female Reform Organizations
53
Feminism
57
NAWSA and Nonpartisanship
59
Learning the Ropes Emergence of the Party Woman
63
The New Party Woman
65
The Election of 1912
70
The Election of 1916
76
The Parties Respond
81
Making a Place The Womens Division
85
The Democrats
86
The Republicans
96
Success But Not Survival
107
Party Organization The Evolution of FiftyFifty
109
The Colorado Plan
110
The National Committees
111
The Committee Officers
113
State and Local Party Committees
114
The Futility of 5050
119
Down Different Paths Womens Organizations and Political Parties after 1920
123
The League of Women Voters
124
Keeping Women in Their Place
163
Political Machines
164
Sex Solidarity and Sex Prejudice
170
Illusion and Disillusion
174
Female infiltration
176
Doing Their Bit Women in National Party Politics
179
The National Conventions
180
The Convention Committees
183
Womens Work in Presidential Campaigns
184
The Womans Vote?
199
Having a Say Womens Issues in the Party Platforms
203
Claiming a Share Presidential Appointments of Women
213
Expanding Womens Sphere
214
Presidential Appointments
215
Conclusion
227
Opportunities and Constraints
229
What Women Accomplished
234
Sources Citations and Abbreviations
237
Notes
241
References
311
Index
339
About the Author
353
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Jo Freeman is author of The Politics of Women's Liberation, co-editor of Waves of Protest, and editor of Social Movements of the Sixties and Seventies and Women: A Feminist Perspective.

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