Vote and Voice: Women's Organizations and Political Literacy, 1915-1930 / Edition 3

Vote and Voice: Women's Organizations and Political Literacy, 1915-1930 / Edition 3

by Wendy B Sharer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809327503

ISBN-13: 9780809327508

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Wendy B. Sharer explores the rhetorical and pedagogical practices through which two prominent postsuffrage organizations—the League of Women Voters and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom—challenged the conventions of male-dominated political discourse and trained women as powerful rhetors.
 
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Wendy B. Sharer explores the rhetorical and pedagogical practices through which two prominent postsuffrage organizations—the League of Women Voters and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom—challenged the conventions of male-dominated political discourse and trained women as powerful rhetors.
 
Vote and Voice is the first book-length study to address the writing and speaking practices of members of women’s political organizations in the decade after the suffrage movement. During those years, women still did not have power within deliberative and administrative organs of politics, despite their recent enfranchisement. Because they were largely absent from diplomatic circles and political parties, post-suffrage women’s organizations developed rhetorical practices of public discourse to push for reform within traditional politics.
 
Vote and Voice is historically significant as well as pedagogically beneficial for instructors who connect rhetorical education with public participation by integrating writing and speaking skills into a curriculum that aims to prepare educated students and active citizens.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809327508
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x -11.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Before Suffrage: Rhetorical Practices of Civic Engagement     15
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom: Rhetorical Practices of a New Internationalism     35
"We Must Make Enormous Propaganda": The WILPF and Public Opinion for Peace     63
Seeking Full Measure: The League of Women Voters and Partisan Political Communication     91
Rhetorical Education for Political Influence: The LWV and Political Literacy     127
Conclusion: Learning from the Strategies and Struggles of the LWV and WILPF     162
Notes     183
Works Cited     195
Index     211

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