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Votes For Mothers : The National Woman\u27s Party\u27s Conflicted Arguments for Women\u27s Suffrage, 1913-1920

By Gillian H. Varney

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This is a study of the National Woman’s Party’s Arguments for Woman Suffrage, from 1913 to 1920. This study explores the ways in which the National Woman\u27s Party (NWP) appropriated classed and racially exclusive ideologies to legitimize women’s right to vote; the ways in which the NWP’s arguments for suffrage predicated the empowerment of white middle-class women on the marginalization of non-white and working-class Americans. It investigates the factors that facilitated the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, including World War I and the NWP’s militancy. Additionally, it examines the degree to which the NWP’s arguments for suffrage have fragmented and delegitimized the American feminist movement as well as perpetuated and strengthened white patriarchy in America

Topics: Arts and Humanities
Publisher: Scholarship @ Claremont
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:scholarship.claremont.edu:scripps_theses-1364
Provided by: Scholarship@Claremont
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