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The Weight of Their VotesSouthern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s$
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Lorraine Gates Schuyler

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830666

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876695_schuyler

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The Best Weapon for Reform Women Lobbying with the Vote

The Best Weapon for Reform Women Lobbying with the Vote

(p.135) Chapter Five The Best Weapon for Reform Women Lobbying with the Vote
The Weight of Their Votes

Lorraine Gates Schuyler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the white women reformers' vote as a powerful new weapon in their persuasive arsenal. White women reformers, who had long lobbied the political leaders of their region in support of legislative reform, understood the way their position had changed as a result of enfranchisement. The chapter observes that activist white women recognized that the Nineteenth Amendment marked an important turning point in southern politics that changed not only who cast ballots but also who counted as a constituent. It notes that with their votes, women commanded the attention of political candidates and used that opportunity to make politicians respond to legislative demands, and that immediately upon their enfranchisement, women adopted innovative and sophisticated lobbying techniques based on the power of women as voters.

Keywords:   white women, vote, legislative reform, enfranchisement, activist, Nineteenth Amendment, southern politics, ballots, constituent, lobbying techniques

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