Life in Washington, D.C. : Overview

Frances Parkinson Keyes was a woman who took Washington, D.C. by storm when she moved to the country’s capital after her husband entered the U.S. Senate in 1919. Her work as a popular columnist and associate editor for Good Housekeeping and her role as a senator’s wife allowed her to bring attention to political issues important to women during this era of political reformation in the U.S. Keyes’ activism included advocating for the Sheppard-Towner Bill, supporting President Herbert Hoover, and stimulating the interest of women regarding their rights and involvement in politics. Between the political parties and social parties, Keyes made her mark in D.C. as a voice for women, and she continued to do so after the death of Senator Keyes in 1938 and her subsequent move back to New Hampshire.