Carrie Chapman Catt Analysis

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The article, ”Middle-Of-The-Road Activists Carrie Chapman Catt and the National Committee on the Cause and Cure of War” , written by Linda Schott seeks to address the attempts of Carrie Chapman Catt and her role in women’s suffrage and the peace movement. The analysis of the life of Chapman Catt was very interesting in showing the strong and the low points of her crusade for women’s suffrage and her attempts at the peace movement. It is clear by the article that the author neither was for or did she completely agree with Catt’s efforts and attempts with the peace movement. The author starts the article by saying that Carrie Chapman Catt is and was on of the best known leaders of the successful campaign for women’s suffrage, but also devoted …show more content…
The committee was composed of many women organizations and with this it affected so many women that the NCCCW deserved the analysis as a peace organization. The author writes of how the NCCCW was an educational organization and only occasionally have its members take action in support of specific policies.(Schott 1-2) “Because of its structure as an educational organization, the NCCCW increased the knowledge of its participants but did not serve significantly to advance their skills. Although organized by women publically identified as advocates of the sol-called women’s movement, the structure of NCCCW conferences promoted the passive acquisition of knowledge rather than political action and leadership. On the positive side, however, the NCCCW did succeed in providing thousands of women with information about the peace movement to which they would not otherwise have had access.”(2) The author, Linda Schott writes. Then the author Linda Schott states, “Finally, the NCCCW made no attempt to include working class women or women of color and drew its membership almost entirely from middle class, European American women. Moderate in its policies, and middle class and European American in its membership, defining itself as middle of the road, …show more content…
Much information is lacking on her opinions in the limiting her work with only certain women. The author did a great job on research of Catt and explained many of Catt’s tactics and progress with her organizations. The author’s last comment of the article sums up the point of the article. Schott writes, “She believed, she said, that the NCCCW had failed. To be sure, the NCCCW never did really win the day as Catt had hoped while organizing it. Furthermore, it did not serve to strengthen significantly the abilities and self-confidence of the women who participated in it, nor did it try to include women of color, women from working class, women whose political perspectives differed significantly. In fact, by defining its membership, almost entirely European American and middle class as middle of the road, it marginalized all other women. Yet the NCCCW did bring into the peace movement a large group of European American women, middle class women. By doing so, it educated them about international affairs and helped to expand the popular sentiment for peace that existed during the interwar period.”

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