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Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Best Books on Women's Suffrage

The Best Books on Women's Suffrage

Why don’t more people know about the suffrage movement? It was, after all, the largest political mobilization of women to date. It drew on the time, talent and energy of three generations of women, and yet few Americans could name more than a single suffragist. It is a puzzle to me. I fear one of the reasons is that we don’t know as much as we should about the history of American women.

 

And it’s not for lack of trying. There were multiple early histories of the suffrage movement—attempts to cement its significance in American history—written by the suffragists themselves. But it didn’t work. By the time you get to World War II, what women had gone through to get the vote was forgotten, in the way that women’s contributions are so often marginalized.

 

The centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment seems like a good chance to rectify that. What I’m hoping is that the centennial will prompt people to think: ‘Why don’t I know more about the suffrage movement? Maybe I’d like to learn a little bit more—and maybe I’ll read that new book by Susan Ware!’

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At BYU Law School, our Fall semester LawReads book is "The Woman's Hour" by Elaine Weiss. We wanted a book on U.S. women's suffrage, and there aren't that many!

Posted by: Christine Hurt | Jul 11, 2019 1:24:34 PM

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