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Gertrude WeilJewish Progressive in the New South$
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Leonard Rogoff

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630793

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630793.001.0001

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How Shall Women Vote

How Shall Women Vote

League, Council, and Conference

(p.140) 7 How Shall Women Vote
Gertrude Weil

Leonard Rogoff

University of North Carolina Press

In 1920 Weil convened a state League of Women Voters and was elected president. The League battled a corrupt, conservative Democratic political machine, which dominated state politics, and fought for ballot reform. Weil's leading campaign was for a state survey of working women. Weil was caught in the crossfire between advocates of the League's extensive and progressive national agenda and the conservatism of the state's women who argued for a state-centered approach to such issues as a child labor amendment. In the early 1930s Weil joined organizations dedicated to interracial cooperation and in opposition to lynching. As labor conflicts grew increasingly violent, Weil advocated for union rights. By the 1930s, with the onset of the Depression, the League had largely exhausted itself.

Keywords:   Labor unions, Democratic Party, League of Women Voters, Suffrage, Race relations, Ballot reform, Progressivism, Conservatism, Anti-lynching, Depression

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