American Queenmaker: How Missy Meloney Brought Women Into Politics

US National Archives
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Professor Julie Des Jardins has written the first biography of the most important woman you’ve never heard about. Marie “Missy” Mattingly Meloney lived in an America where women could not vote. Over the course of her life as a journalist and magazine editor, she recognized the power that women held as consumers and family decision-makers, creating the idea of the female demographic, which, after the passage of the 19th Amendment, became a recognized political force. She served as a political advisor to Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and persuaded politicians to engage with and appeal to women directly. A book signing follows the program.

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Jan 21, 2020




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