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Our next meeting is Thursday, May 6, 2010

The next meeting of our group will be Thursday, May 6th at 4PM in the Anna Many Lounge of NCCROW (Rm. 206 Caroline Richardson Building).

We will read Lindy Boggs’ memoir, Washington Through a Purple Veil, and Tania Tetlow’s essay, “Lindy and Me”. The book is out of print, so Peg at the Tulane bookstore can’t get it for us, but used copies of it are available for a penny through  Copies are also available at the Vorhoff Library in the Caroline Richardson Building.

Lindy Boggs visits Newcomb College (circa 1970’s)

From left to right: Mrs. Frank Riess (Jane Kelleher); Mrs. Lindy (Hale) Boggs; Mrs. Herbert E. Longenecker (wife of Dr. Herbert E. Longenecker, President of Tulane University); Mrs. John H. Stibbs (Phyllis – wife of the Dean of Students); Mrs. John Davidson (Mary – wife of the Dean of Newcomb College); and Dean John Davidson (Dean of Newcomb College).
Photos courtesy of Newcomb Archives

March 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm 1 comment

Our First Meeting: Silk Stockings and Ballot Boxes

On Thursday,March 4, the Louisiana Women and Politics book group met for the first time. The meeting was held in the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women’s  newly decorated Anna Many Lounge. The discussion of Pam Tyler’s Silk Stockings and Ballot Boxes was facilitated by Prof. Sally J. Kenney.  For this first meeting, the group of about 15 women and one man introduced themselves and discussed their past or present alliances with some of the groups mentioned in Tyler’s book.  When Prof. Kenney asked the group to go around the circle and discuss what lessons they learned from the book.  Kenney said that one of the important lessson she garned from the book was the concept of “evolve or die.”  Organizations change as the times change.  The entire group agreed to this sentiment and used examples from their dealings with their own political women’s organizations in New Orleans.   The IWO and Leauge of Women Voters were mentioned as groups that are seeking younger members, and the idea was discussed that perhaps the influx of the recent female transplants could be ripe with possibilities for new members.

Many members commented on how proud they felt of Newcomb College and the graduates who went on to become some of New Orleans’ most powerful advocates for women’s rights, voting rights, and good government.  There was some discussion about how some of these women’s causes reflected their old southern aristocratic upbringing and thus led to a less than progressive stance on important issues, such as state rights vs federal rights. As can be seen in the chapter about the Gordon sisters, their fight for fair voting was an important step for women in Louisiana politcs , but Jean Gordon was opposed to the federal government’s inclusion of black women voters.  She strongly advocated for states rights in this, and she eventually lost.

Many readers enjoyed the chapter on Hilda Phillips Hammond and her one cause to action, the ousting of Huey P. Long.  Hammond’s determination to expose Long as a criminal and a liar took her on a political journey that no woman in the United States had ever experienced.  Her bravery in the face of insummountable odds is inspirational to all involved in grassroots organizations.

About half way into our session,the author, Pam Tyler, joined the group and discussed the book and answered questions about how women in Louisisana play a role in politics.  Often times women seem to be ambivalent about politics but due to the local grassroots efforts to rebuild the city, groups such as Women of the Storm and have reignited women to work together in non-partisian ways to achieve successful outcomes for New Orleans.

The group disbanded after an hour and a half of discussion, and many had their books inscribed by the author.

March 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm 1 comment

Welcome to our book group

If you enjoy reading about Louisiana politics and the invaluable contributions women have made over the past decades, this book group is for you! Professor Sally J. Kenney, executive director of the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University, founded the Louisiana Women and Politics book group in the spring of 2010.  The group meets every four to  six weeks to discuss books on women and Louisiana politics aimed at a general audience.  We welcome all men and women, students, faculty, and staff, alumnae, and community members. Books will be available at the Tulane bookstore for purchase or the Nadine Vorhoff library in the Caroline Richardson Building. There will be no pop quizzes, so please feel free to drop in even if you haven’t read or finished the book.   This group is very flexible and welcomes voracious readers and Louisiana politics enthusiasts.  We look forward to meeting you and reading your posts here on this blog.  If you have any questions, please drop me a line at and address it to Bea Calvert, Women’s Studies Librarian.

March 9, 2010 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

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