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Minnie Fisher CunninghamA Suffragist's Life in Politics$
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Judith N. McArthur and Harold L. Smith

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304862

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304862.001.0001

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In League With Women Voters

In League With Women Voters

(p.89) 5 In League With Women Voters
Minnie Fisher Cunningham

Judith N. McArthur

Harold L. Smith

Oxford University Press

Having won the ballot, the former suffragists organized the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, through which women could continue to work as a pressure group for a female reform agenda. Minnie Fisher Cunningham helped found both the Texas and the national LWVs; from 1921-23 she served in Washington, D.C. as the national organization's first executive secretary, working closely with President Maud Wood Park. She helped the LWV, as part of the Women's Joint Congressional Committee, lobby through Congress two signature achievements: the Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act (1921) and the Cable Act (1922). Cunningham oversaw the planning for the LWV's Pan American Congress of Women in 1922, and she quietly and persistently worked to keep the LWV's Negro Problems Committee from dying of neglect. After becoming chair of the committee in 1924, she advocated that the LWV encourage and assist African-American women to vote.

Keywords:   League of Women Voters, Maud Wood Park, Sheppard-Towner, Maternity and Infancy Act, Cable Act, Congress of Women, African-American women

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