Recent Perspectives on Women's Suffrage

By Lukie Marriott

The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was passed 100 years ago, in 1920. The library has a wealth of books and movies documenting the 80+ years of struggle leading up to the ratification. But what's special about the following, recently published titles, is that they include the often overlooked stories of minority women--Black, Native American, Mormon, and others--who actively campaigned for equality all across the country.

  • The Women's Suffrage Movement


    An intersectional anthology of historical texts from the women's movement, this book recognizes the importance of including minority voices from that time. Edited by Sally Roesch Wagner, a preeminent scholar of the diverse backbone of the women's suffrage movement, and with an introduction by Gloria Steinem, this is a comprehensive and important book.

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  • She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next

    2020 by Quinn, Bridget

    Not just a gorgeous coffee table book--though it is that--"She Votes" demolishes myths as it presents the story of the women who won suffrage and those who have continued to raise their voices for equality.

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  • Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

    2019 by Ware, Susan

    The history of how American women won the right to vote has been, for too long, presented as the work of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born. Ware shines a light on the racism and eurocentrism of this narrative and instead gives us the stories of 19 women of different races, religions, and socioeconomic status who fought for equality all across the country.

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  • Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

    2020 by Jones, Martha S.

    It was mostly just white women who benefitted from the passage of the 19th Amendment. Black women would have to keep fighting for another 45 years until the 1965 Voting Rights Act afforded them full protection of their right to vote. Jones illuminates the work of Black women who called on America to realize its best ideals.

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  • Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights

    2019 by Kendall, Mikki

    This fun graphic novel covers the key figures and events that have advanced women's rights from ancient times to the present. Included are the stories of notable women who led progressive movements concerning not just suffrage, but also abolition, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ liberation, reproductive rights, and more.

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  • Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote

    2020 by DuBois, Ellen Carol

    DuBois takes us back to pre-Civil War times and the link between the women's and antislavery movements. This authoritative account also discusses how Black women in the suffrage movement, led by Ida B. Wells-Barnett, were often excluded by white suffragists.

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  • Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box

    2017 by Dodson, Angela P.

    In this almanac-style book, the women's movement is seen concurrent with historical endeavors for emancipation, immigration, and temperance. Its robust research documents the intersectionality of women's struggle for the vote in its true context with other progressive efforts.

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  • The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

    2018 by Weiss, Elaine F.

    Though Weiss focuses elsewhere, she does include the too-often sidelined fight for racial equality and the nascent civil rights movement in this blow-by-blow account of the final showdown to achieve ratification. Ms Magazine calls this book "a genteel but bare-knuckled political thriller." You may indeed be surprised by the dirty political tactics attempted by different factions of the movement.

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  • Stories from Suffragette City: Stories of a Fine and Proper Nuisance

    2020 by Rose, M. J. (EDT)/ Davis, Fiona (EDT)/ Hannah, Kristin (INT)

    In this new collection by topnotch historical fiction writers, each of the 13 stories takes place at the same march on the same day in New York City. Some stories feature less privileged women, such as an Armenian woman in the story "Just Politics."

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  • Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice


    This award-winning documentary revitalizes the sometimes forgotten history of Ida B. Wells, a woman considered the equal of her well-known African American contemporaries--such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois--and a pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist, and anti-lynching crusader.

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