The Bleak and Lonely Years, 1940-1960
I DON'T WANT TO SMOKE CIGARS OR GO TO STAG PARTIES, WEAR JOCKEY SHORTS OR PICK UP THE CHECK.
-- Shelley Winters, 1950
MOST LEGISLATIVE BODIES ARE COMPOSED OF MEN. CONSEQUENTLY IT IS NECESSARY TO PERSUADE LARGE NUMBERS OF MEN TO CHANGE THEIR POINTS OF VIEW BEFORE THE DESIRED LEGISLATIVE END IS ACCOMPLISHED. OFTEN, AFTER BEING WOOED AND WON, THE MEN BELIEVE THAT THE LEGISLATION WAS THEIR OWN IDEA. WHEN THE DUST OF BATTLE HAS CLEARED AND REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE CALLED IN, THE WOMEN ARE LEFT OUT OF THE PICTURE. BUT THAT IS ALL RIGHT WITH US AS LONG AS OUR OBJECTIVE IS GAINED.
--Mrs. John G. Lee, President, League of Women Voters, 1957
The most depressing fact about the 1940's and 1950's regarding feminism was its lack of appeal to educated, middle- class women as well as to the average woman. Not only did the Shelley Winterses of America reject the feminist image,