Cathrine Curtis and Her 1934–1936 Tax Campaign Part 6: American Voices in a Changing Democracy: Women, Lobbying, and Tax 1924–1936
64 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 19, 2019
This Part of AMERICAN VOICES IN A CHANGING DEMOCRACY: WOMEN, LOBBYING, AND TAX 1924-1936 focuses on one woman—Cathrine Curtis—and her organization, Women Investors in America. Cathrine Curtis was a woman of her times and ahead of her times. She had almost as many careers as a cat has lives. At various times, she was a rancher, an actress, a movie producer, and a self-styled financial expert who held a seat on the stock exchange, advocated financial literacy and had a radio show Women and Money. She was a feminist who believed in the rights and power of women and an ardent right-wing conservative. Through her allegedly non-partisan Women Investors in America organization she hoped to give women financial knowledge which they would then act on politically to defeat Roosevelt and preserve traditional conservative values of states’ rights, the free market, and low taxes. Her substantial showmanship skills ensured media coverage of her and her message.
Keywords: history, lobbying, mass communications, media, politics, taxation, women
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