Republican Women Feminism and Conservatism from Suffrage Through the Rise of the New Right

ISBN-10: 0807856525
ISBN-13: 9780807856529
Edition: 2006
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 1/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

In the wake of the Nineteenth Amendment, Republican women set out to forge a place for themselves within the Grand Old Party. As Catherine Rymph explains, their often conflicting efforts over the subsequent decades would leave a mark on both conservative politics and American feminism. Part of an emerging body of work on women's participation in partisan politics,Republican Womenexplores the dilemmas confronting progressive, conservative, and moderate Republican women as they sought to achieve a voice for themselves within the GOP. Rymph first examines women's grassroots organizing for the party in the decades following the initiation of women's suffrage. She then traces Marion Martin's efforts from 1938 to 1946 to shape the National Federation of Women's Republican Clubs, the party's increasing dependence on the work of women at the grassroots in the postwar years, and the eventual mobilization of many of these women behind Barry Goldwater, in defiance of party leaders. From the flux of the party's post-Goldwater years emerged two groups of women on a collision course: a group of party insiders calling themselves feminists challenged supporters of independent Republican Phyllis Schlafly's growing movement opposing the Equal Rights Amendment. Their battles over the meanings of gender, power, and Republicanism continued earlier struggles even as they helped shape the party's fundamental transformation in the Reagan years.

Catherine E. Rymph is assistant professor of history at the University of Missouri.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Party Women and the Dilemmas of Women's Suffrage
So Many Joan of Arcs: The Political Style of Independent Clubwomen
Playing the Man's Game: Marion Martin and the Creation of the National Federation of Women's Republican Clubs
The Return of the Female Political Crusade
The Housework of Government
To Be Neutral or Neutralized?: Republican Women and the Goldwater Campaign
The Rise of Republican Feminism
Going Down in Flames: Republican Feminism and the Rise of the New Right
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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