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Beyond Suffrage: A Book Review

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The book, Beyond Suffrage; Women in the New Deal, presents the role of women in the 1930’s in a much different light than many people think of it. The goal of this book is to enlighten the reader as to what role women played in politics during the New Deal. Because of it’s broad view I have taken several specific examples from the book and elaborated on them in order to give you a better understanding.
The author, Susan Ware, begins by laying the groundwork for the women’s network. During the 1930’s, many different organizations began to evolve to include women in their decision-making. The backbone to this movement seems to lie deep within the White House. The First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, held a great deal of influence in decisions regarding women and their role. Ware writes of Mrs. Roosevelt as the “foremost member of the women’s network in the 1930’s,” and throughout the book Roosevelt’s influence seems to be everywhere.
Moving on, the twenty-eight women discussed in this book are all linked through a complex network, which made them very strong in a time where women had no real strength. Almost all of them held top federal jobs in Washington DC. They were all educated women, born in the same generation. A sisterhood, supporting each other and encouraging each other after every victory, no matter how small, linked them very closely. These women gave each other the moral support and mentorship that seems abse...

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  • Analyzes the book beyond suffrage; women in the new deal, which presents the role of women in politics during the 1930s in a different light than many people think.
  • Analyzes how susan ware lays the groundwork for the women's network. the first lady, eleanor roosevelt, held a great deal of influence in decisions regarding women and their role.
  • Explains that the twenty-eight women discussed in this book are all linked through a complex network, which made them very strong. they were all educated women, born in the same generation.
  • Analyzes molly dewson's role in recruiting and retaining women to the democratic party. she "overlooked" minor jobs to focus on the big picture of women being involved in new deal programs.
  • Explains how women played a critical role in the new deal, including the national recovery administration. rose schneiderman served on the labor advisory board.
  • Analyzes how winding down, beyond suffrage, explains the decline of the women’s movement at the end of 1930's.
  • Analyzes ware's description of how women viewed themselves and their goals during this time. they weren't the "fem-nazi," combat boot-wearing women that we often associate with feminism today.
  • Opines that beyond suffrage is a good book, although it is too broad. ware's explanation of the significance of women during this era is good.
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