Good Reads for Tough Times

Although there has been an understandable halt to programs and celebrations of the suffrage centennial there are many wonderful books circulating that help keep the story alive. Your public library is probably closed but you can still access these titles as e-books through your library’s web site, or on Amazon.

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, by Elaine Weiss. A nail-biting account of the exciting finish to the battle for the vote.

Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, by Susan Ware. Nineteen activists you might not know about who helped shape history.

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote, by Ellen Carol Dubois. Details the most heroic social movement in US history, women fighting for the rights of women.

Gilded Suffragists: New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote, by Johanna Neuman.

And Yet They Persisted: How American Women Won the right to Vote, by Johanna Neuman. A comprehensive history of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, from 1776 to 1965.

And for children:

Marching With Aunt Susan, by Claire Rudolf Murphy, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett. An excellent introduction to the woman suffrage movement, based on the real-life story of a young girl.

Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote. By Kirsten Gillibrand, Illustrated by Maira Kalman. Stories of ten brave women who helped women win the vote.

One Response

  1. Nancy B. Kennedy April 3, 2020 at 8:49 am | | Reply


    Michele LaRue sent me a link to your post yesterday listing books about the woman suffrage movement. I’d love for you to add my book, “Women Win the Vote! 19 for the 19th Amendment,” to your list. It’s a lavishly illustrated middle grade nonfiction book released by Norton Young Readers (an imprint of W.W. Norton) in February.

    It’s on Amazon, but I didn’t want your spam filters to snag my comment by including a link. The book has also been reviewed favorably by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal and Kirkus.

    I can send you a PDF of the finished book, if you’ll give me an email address. At some point, I can send you a review copy, but for now, there could be a delay in mailing.

    Thanks for considering my suggestion!

    Nancy B. Kennedy

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