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By Jill Greenlee

American political activists and applicants have used motherhood to rally women’s curiosity, help, and participation all through American heritage. Jill S. Greenlee investigates the advanced courting among motherhood and women’s political attitudes. Combining a old evaluate of the methods motherhood has been used for political reasons with contemporary political opinion surveys and individual-level research, she explains how and while motherhood shapes women’s concepts and personal tastes. Greenlee argues that mechanisms account for the sturdiness of motherhood politics. First, ladies event attitudinal shifts after they develop into moms. moment, “mother” is a broad-based id, extensively shared and ideologically unconstrained, that lends itself to appeals around the political spectrum to construct help for applicants and coverage concerns.

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Radio director, Mrs. , organized radio programs where “prominent women” spoke on behalf of the Roosevelt campaign (New York Times, October 11, 1932; New York Times, October 12, 1932). These smaller groups supplemented broader organizational units such as the Democratic Women’s Committee and the Women’s Democratic Union of the women’s division of the National Democratic Campaign Committee. These committees had a more general membership and aim and were active throughout the campaign. The statements and activities of Eleanor Roosevelt, Governor Roosevelt’s wife, illustrated the attentiveness to female roles outside of motherhood.

Trumpeting the virtuous mother, they declared that women would vote “to preserve home and country” and would rally around “the Constitution and home” (Harvey 1998, 125). Discussion of the virtuous mother was also found in discussion of foreign affairs. Similar to 1920, both the Democratic and Republican candidates couched their positions on the League of Nations in terms of what was good for mothers and their families. Coolidge asserted that American mothers would support a party that kept their sons out of international entanglements that were sure to ensue should the United States join the League.

The Democrats are basing their appeal on the social welfare record of Gov. Smith. His accomplishments in behalf of women in industry, in the fields and in the homes, the mothers and future mothers of our people, testify to his sincere regard for the home. (Wilson, Washington Post, September 9, 1928) But the Smith campaign’s clearest use of motherhood was invoked when discussing Prohibition. ” (Peel and Donnelley 1931, 84). This approach was well received by the “worried mothers of families” who felt that Prohibition had failed and sought change (McCormick, New York Times, October 21, 1928).

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