Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on June 28, 1964 · Page 57
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WOULD YOU VOTE FOR A Woman as President? S EN. MARGARET CHASE SMITH'S formal campaigning for the Republican Presidential nomination has revived a question for American voters. Would you vote lor a qualified woman candidate as President of the United States—or, for that matter, «s Vice President, a position many believe Senator Smith may atill settle for? The answer seems to depend on whom you ask. FAMILY WEEKLY queried a select list of Very Important People. Generally, they responded "yes." But what about the men and women on the street? They really have the final say, and their answer seems to be "no." for example, « poll of visitors to the New York World's Fair showed opposition to a woman President by a more than 2-1 vote. Here and there, others expressed opinions. Lucille Sail, herself a Hollywood boss: "No, it's a bad idea. The boss should be a man." Clare Soothe Luce, former con- jtresswoman and ambassador: "Women are obviously discriminated against. For any woman to be elected President, she would have to possess remarkable ability and tremendous popular appeal." Ariene Francis, television personality: "I don't think a woman should be commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces." Author Harry Golden: "I'd like to see a woman President. They're a little more practical." Mayor /. Bracken Lee of Salt ' Lake City: "Certainly a woman couldn't run the country any worse than it's being run." But bow does grass-roots America feel? Here, for the first time, the people who really elect a President iget a chance to sound off. On this page is a simple ballot which FAMILY WEEKLY readers can fill out and mail. Our editors will tabulate the results and prepare a story based on the opinions of our more than 10 million readers. Before you vote, however, here is a selection of what some of those VIPs told FAMILY WEEKLY in its recent poll: Sen. Margaret Chase Smith: "I see no special qualifications or disqualifications for women for I think they are .people just as much as men are. I think they are no more and no less capable than men. Whether a man or a woman, the candidate should be judged on his or 'her ability and record rather than on his or her sex." Gov. William W. Scranton of Pennsylvania: "I know of no reason why a woman could not become President; women have served successfully as heads of state in other countries. In our country, custom, of course, has up to now assigned this position to men, but although custom maintains a strong hold on people, it is not totally inflexible, especially in America." Anthropologist-author MargaretMead: "... Acceptance of women in executive positions is likely to be slower than acceptance of women in legislative and judicial positions. It would be particularly difficult for a married woman to assume high office; a single woman greatly revered, such as Jane Addams was. By JOHN KENT Family Weekly polled national leaders and found they say "yes," but men (and women) on the street seem to oppose the idea; now here's your chance to have your say M4OTOGIAPH §Y WA1TEI MMSTATT would be a possibility. A widow whose husband had been politically successful is at present likely to be the most acceptable candidate for any high political office." Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York: "I think (Senator Smith's) entering into the race is a tribute to her and to the quality of opportunity of all in this country." Marietta, Tree, U. S. mission to the United Nations: "American citizens have often elected women to high office . . . Thus, the time may come when we will have a woman President, but I would guess that she would have to be extremely popular and extraordinarily qualified to break the male tradition." Gov. George Romney of Michigan: "I think any candidate ought to be judged on the basis of merit and not on the basis of sex." Social arbiter Amy VanderbUt: ".. . Being President is an awesome responsibility. Leave it to those big, stalwart men, I say!" Critic Marya Marines:"... Within the foreseeable future . . . probably the only way a woman could become President would be through inheritance of the office as Vice President . . ." Anna Rosenberg, former assistant Secretary of Defense and now public and industrial-relations consultant: "There are far too few women in positions of importance at the present time, and before the country can get used to the idea of a woman President or Vice President, many more will have to serve in important jobs ... so that the voters will be prepared to consider them without prejudice." Esther Peterson, assistant Secretary of Labor: "I would say the social climate for women is becoming better all the time and that the future could be favorable indeed for the woman who aspires to the Presidency or the Vice Presidency." Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson's reply came through her press secretary, Elizabeth Carpenter, who noted: "As you can well imagine, Mrs. Johnson is more than pleased with the present officeholder." FAMILY WEEKLY HEADERS' POLL I would vote for a woman as President of the United States I would not vote for a woman as President of the United States I would vote for a woman as Vice President of the United States I would not vote for a woman as Vice President of the United States {»OO My reasons for this opinion are:. D Female Q If you publish my comments, you may use my name Ye* D •*• D Mail to: PoN, Family Weekly •O E. SCth St., New York, N.Y. 1OO22 NAME_ ADDRESS_ CITY -STATE- -ZIP CODE-

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