Guide to the Importance of Women's Votes by Representative Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts, broadside, ca.1936 MS 605
Edith Norse Rogers (1881-1960), Republican representative for the Fifth District in Massachusetts, was the sixth woman to be elected to Congress. She succeeded her husband who had represented the same district for 12 years; she would occupy her seat for 35 years, the longest of any woman representative (June 30, 1925 – September 10, 1960). While her gender was an issue during her first run for office, it was muted by the declaration that the "office seeks the woman" (rather than vice versa). That Edith Nourse Rogers and her husband had been firm supporters of suffrage remained unpublicized. Ten years later, Rogers encourages women to address themselves as a distinct voting block to issues which affect them. Suffragists had anticipated women would have, as a substantial percentage of the electorate, a powerful affect. Excerpted from Notable American Women: The Modern Period, pgs. 587-589.
Small broadside written by U.S. Representative Edith Nourse Rogers articulating an appeal to women voters to use their votes to "stabilize...this extraordinary era of experimental administration under which we have been living during the past four years."
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Importance of Women's Votes by Representative Edith Nourse Rogers of Massachusetts, broadside, ca.1936, MS 605, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
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