Women’s participation in party politics from the perspective of a Federalist candidate
We used this quote as a theme for our campaign advertisement: “Like the water that fish swim in, women’s influence was omnipresent but transparent, invisible to the naked eye” p. 125
F: Federalist candidate
A: Audience member asking questions
Addressing the people:
F: Today, I want to voice the importance in the role that women play in in party politics.
As a federalist candidate, we tend to “…depict women as active patriots who vigorously embraced their political role” p.159
A: But if women can’t vote, how are they involved?
F: “Women were asked to use their influence not simply to affect men’s manners or morals but also for explicitly political purposes. Women might be able to ease the tensions between male partisans and instill new liberal attitude toward party politics in their husbands and children” p.128-29
“Women, despite their lack of formal political power, could exert a significant influence over society and politics” p.125
“Women exerted their influence indirectly, they nonetheless were thought to shape their families’ ideas, values, and behavior” p.126
“Women could be as crucial to the republic’s success as men” p.128
A: What is the Federalist attitude toward women compared to the Republicans?
F: “Federalists could afford to be gracious to women because they knew who their women were: maids and matrons of the respectable classes” p. 160
“Over time, the disappearance of the federalists from the political scene and the triumph of the republican party further eroded women’s presence in electoral politics. “ p.159
With this being said, women are just as vital to party politics as men, and as a member of the Federalist Party, it is important to recognize their contributions to society.
“Like the water that fish swim in, women’s influence was omnipresent but transparent, invisible to the naked eye” p. 125