In this 1940 ad, there's a definite female majority in this 'administration,' but their sphere of influence seems to be limited to cooking. Of the eight planks in their platform [listed to the left of the serious-looking gent], this is my favorite: 'Adequate Defense against worry, heat, and dirt'.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.