Determined to show women the political clout they can have on March 8, the "Super Tuesday" of the presidential primary season, and to send a message to the political establishment that women cannot be ignored, the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) convened a "Super Saturday" in Atlanta yesterday.

"It is such an obvious thing," said NWPC President Irene Natividad. "The majority of voters are women, and on Super Tuesday, when one-third of all the {national convention} delegates are chosen, the role of women voters becomes key." Yet so far, Natividad said, "the parties and candidates are giving tacit recognition without addressing this majority."

She said women outvoted men 53.5 to 46.5 percent in all 20 Super Tuesday states in 1984. In 1986, women provided the winning edge for nine key Democratic Senate races; seven of the nine came from Super Tuesday states where 1.8 million more women than men voted.

"The average voter on Super Tuesday," said Ann Lewis, who chairs the Democratic task force of the NWPC, "will look more like Norma Rae or Barbara Jordan and not Rhett Butler."

Despite the numbers, "there is an omission of issues women care about in campaign rhetoric," Natividad said. And she criticized Democratic National Committee Chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr.: "His proposal {Friday} for a shorter platform -- devoid of what he calls 'narrow issues' such as choice {on abortion} -- is a step backward . . . . He will not get people voting, and the group that will not be touched is the majority."

Joanne Howes, executive director of the Women's Vote Project, agreed with Natividad's concern: "We need people who are running for office to address issues women care about in language they understand." The most salient issues, Howes said, are those that are important to women's daily lives, especially pocketbook issues. But candidates tend to talk about economics in global, not personal, terms.

Ten million more women than men will be eligible to vote in 1988. Howes said, "Jesse L. Jackson may be the only candidate to capture this vote if he continues to be the only one talking about issues women relate to."