Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- By Winifred Conkling
- Ages: 13-18 years
- Grades: 8-12
American women did not have the right to vote until 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on August 18. For more than 80 years, passionate and determined women marched, protested and sometimes broke the law, to achieve that victory.
Votes for Women! tells the stories of women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton whose attendance at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention brought about the founding of the suffrage movement. Readers are introduced to Sojourner Truth and her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech and to Alice Paul, who was arrested. The book doesn’t shy away from some of the more unpleasant moments of women’s fight for the right to vote as it explores the difficult relationships between the temperance and abolition campaigns.
Both harrowing, and empowering, Votes for Women! paints a vibrant picture of the women whose tireless battle still inspires political, human rights, and social justice activism.