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LWV National Program, 1962-1964
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Are You "Typical"?

Are You "Typical"?

The "typical" delegate to the League of Women Voter's national Convention was just about to have her forty-third birthday. She graduated from college, is married, and has had some business career. Although she has two children, her husband approves of her activities in the League and the time she devotes to it. On the whole, she prefers reading for relaxation, but gardening and outdoor sports occupy much of her leisure time. On her evenings out she enjoys playing bridge or attending the theater or concerts. She is active in many phases of community life has been a Girl Scout or is now a leader, and participates in PTA and church work. She does most of her own housework, prefers cooking to cleaning and may paint the walls or make new draperies from time to time. Her husband may be a judge, a pilot, or a farmer, but he is more likely a business executive, a college professor, or an engineer. (This composite picture is based on a survey of the first 250 delegates registered for the League Convention.)

More detailed statistics reveal that 98% are married, and 90% of those who are married have children. 93% have had college or some type of advanced education, 60% have pursued a career in the past, and 12% are at present occupied with a paid job as well as being active in the League. About as many "love" housework as "hate" At. Comments range from "my civic activities keep me so busy that housework seems fun" to "I do as little as possible, but not little enough". The delegates report that their husbands are almost always enthusiastic or tolerant.

In conclusion, women who join the League do so, generally for simple reasons: they are interested in government or in the League Program in their community, or they are looking for a satisfying outside interest. Many join when they are new to a community, or because their friends are members, and others wanted to make their friends among League members. A few are daughters of long-time members. One delegate put it this way: "Government is my special interest. Government is the League's special interest. Therefore, the League is my special interest". Several who were abroad came home and joined because foreigners' "intense interest made me renew my own interest in our political structure."

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