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Front Pages, Front LinesMedia and the Fight for Women's Suffrage$
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Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, and Brooke Kroeger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043109

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043109.001.0001

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After Suffrage

After Suffrage

An Uncharted Path

(p.193) 10 After Suffrage
Front Pages, Front Lines

Maurine Beasley

University of Illinois Press

After gaining the vote in 1920, suffragists faced a new quandary—to attempt to enter the existing male power structure or focus on the broader cause of advancing women by upholding traditional femininity while still exercising the ballot. Efforts to deal with this dilemma can be seen by examining the contents of contemporary periodicals, particularly three from women’s organizations: Equal Rights, the voice of the National Woman Party; the Woman Citizen, produced by the League of Women Voters, and Independent Woman, the bulletin of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women. These publications illustrated the fracturing of the idealism of the suffrage movement when women actually went to the polls and were forced to deal with political realities as well as conflicting ideas of their proper roles.

Keywords:   League of Women Voters, National Woman Party, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), National Federation of Business and Professional Women

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