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Picking The Right Fight

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Review by Judy Chapman

In an advance copy of his latest book, Whistle-Stop Politics, author Edward Segal includes a chapter, The Right Fight (pg 158). As part of a decade-long campaign to guarantee that all women had the right to vote, a determined group of women launched a groundbreaking and controversial railroad tour in 1916. The tour was important for several reasons. It was a unique way for women to participate in a political campaign and put to rest the notion that politics was "too dirty" for the fairer sex. It also broke new ground by having a political party back women in such a prominent manner.

The train was organized by committee chair Frances A. Kellor, who believed that smart, educated women could use their skills and knowledge to tackle pressing social issues. The committee raised $40,000 in donations – more than $1.1 million in 2023 dollars.

The Women's Campaign Special members spoke in twenty-eight states, traveled more than eleven thousand miles and made more than two thousand speeches. Detractors labeled the women the idle rich.

A very interesting, educational read.

Purchase Whistle-Stop Politics by Edward Segal here.



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