It’s time for women in politics to adopt the strategy of their opponents

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June 12, 2019

It’s time for women in politics to adopt the strategy of their opponents

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By Ana Stevenson,

For more than a century, the same tactics and tropes have been used against women in politics. Now they must turn the tables.

In spring 1919, Congress adopted the 19th Amendment. Ratification came more than a year later on Aug. 18, 1920, just in time for that year’s presidential election. From that point on, voting rights would no longer be “denied or abridged … on account of sex.”

Few things seem less controversial today than the right of women to vote. Yet at the time, the campaign for women’s voting rights was a pitched battle over public opinion, one in which both sides sought to find the right message to win politicians and the people over to their side — and the right means of conveying it. Both sides took advantage of a postcard craze sweeping the United States and the world, with hundreds of millions of postcards then in circulation.

Click here to read the full article published by Washington Post on 7 June 2019.

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