Women as Voters in Presidential Elections
The election campaign this year will be the tenth presidential contest held since the 19th Amendment extended the franchise to women on a nation-wide basis in 1920.1 After 36 years of political equality under the law, women today hold only a handful of major public offices and have not cut appreciably into male dominance at the centers of political power.
Women nevertheless constitute a majority of the population of voting age, and in many communities they outnumber men among active campaign workers. A woman—Mrs. Katherine G. Howard—served four years ago on the Eisenhower-Nixon “strategy and policy” campaign committee with the function of marshaling the women's vote. As the 1956 contest approaches, both Democratic and Republican forces are intensively courting the ...