As we approach the gift giving season you might want to treat your favorite suffragist to a gift that will help them celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment next year while having a bit of fun.
Books for Adults:
The Woman’s Hour: the Great Fight to Win the Vote, by Elaine Weiss. One of my favorites – it tells in fascinating detail the story of the last days of the suffrage battle, centered on the pivotal state of Tennessee.
The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, by Brooke Kroeger. Another favorite that offers a different perspective on the suffrage battle and a detailed account of the work of some surprising allies.
Remember the Ladies: Celebrating those who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box. Angela P. Dodson. A well-rounded account, especially recommended for those new to the subject.
And Yet They Persisted: How American Women Won the Right to Vote, by Johanna Neuman. A new release that recounts women’s struggle for equality dating back to before the iconic Seneca Falls Conference in 1848
Books For Children:
Marching With Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and The Fight for Woman Suffrage. By Claire Rudolph Murphy, illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Based on the true story of a young girl who is convinced by Susan B. Anthony to devote herself to fighting for women’s rights.
Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, A Kitten and 10,000 Miles. By Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Hadley Hooper. The true story of two brave young suffragists and their daring-cross country adventure in a small yellow car, complete with an equally brave kitten.
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909. By Michelle Markel, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. The exciting tale of a young immigrant who fought for suffrage as well as the rights of young factory workers to better pay and working conditions.
Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the right to Vote, by Kirsten Gillibrand, art by Maiara Kalman. Ten women who fought to make their voices heard and their choices count.
And in the “Just for Fun” category:
Votes for Women Puzzle, 500 piece colorful puzzle that celebrates a century of struggle. Uncommongoods.com/ 888-365-0056. ($22.00)
Votes for Women Charm Bracelet. 7 inch bracelet with charms honoring suffragists. Victoriantradingco.com/800-800-6647. ($24.95).
NewportStyle.net. A website offering a variety of Votes for Women items, including china, pins and suffrage Christmas ornaments.