"If We Can Nominate Her, She is a Cinch to Elect": Helen Gahagan Douglas and the Gendered Politics of Accommodation, 1940-1944

@article{VanIngen2012IfWC,
  title={"If We Can Nominate Her, She is a Cinch to Elect": Helen Gahagan Douglas and the Gendered Politics of Accommodation, 1940-1944},
  author={Linda Van Ingen},
  journal={Journal of Women's History},
  year={2012},
  volume={24},
  pages={140 - 163}
}
Democrat Helen Gahagan Douglas of California is widely remembered for her senatorial loss to Richard Nixon and his red-baiting tactics in 1950. She is also remembered for her extraordinary rise to Congress in 1944. While not disputing her talents, this article explores the gendered politics of accommodation that shaped her initial success. Douglas established political credibility by accommodating male partisans at some cost to local women leaders and she benefitted from an incumbent effect not… 
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