Elective and Appointive Office

Plank 9 of the National Plan of Action outlined ways to increase the number of women in political office, judgeships, and policymaking positions with the ultimate goal of equal representation at all levels of government. By the time of the National Women’s Conference, only 99 women had served in Congress (38 of whom were appointed to fill the seat of a deceased husband). Commissioner Mildred Jeffrey, chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus, brought the resolution to the floor on November 19. Peggy Christensen, an anti-Plan delegate, moved to restrict recruiting efforts to “qualified” women. The motion was defeated, and the plank passed by an overwhelming majority.


Many of the Texans participating in the National Women's Conference held public office at one time or another. Learn more about these women in Attendees.