In 1915, NAWSA suffered frustrating electoral setbacks in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania.
In a remarkable speech to the NAWSA delegates, Wilson told them that he shared their frustration with constitutional barriers to reform.
Catt and other NAWSA leaders shrewdly sought to capitalize on these pressures, recognizing that Paul's militant activities might make Wilson more responsive to their friendly overtures and gentle lobbying.
As NAWSA drew closer to the Wilson administration, Catt devised "a war measure plan" intended to take advantage of the enormous power and prestige the president commanded during the crisis of global warfare.
As Paul and radical suffragists intensified their confrontational tactics in front of the White House in 1918, Wilson finally informed Catt and NAWSA activists that he would urge Congress to pass the national suffrage amendment as a critical war measure.
Thus, Wilson and NAWSA embraced anti-majoritarian means--the president's prerogative authority during wartime--to secure greater democratic equality for women.
45) Absent the political mobilization of NAWSA, the National Woman's Party, and the CIO or the influential leadership of Catt, Paul, and Lewis, presidential activism on behalf of woman's suffrage and the right of unskilled laborers to organize for greater economic security would have proven either elusive or decidedly limited.
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