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Votes for Women: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage   

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March is Women’s History Month, when we remember the vital role of women in our nation’s history.

On June 4, 1919 Congress passed the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which established the right to vote for women in the United States.  As it took over a year to ratify this historic amendment to the U.S. Constitution, this past year (2020) was the official centennial of women’s voting rights.  Celebrate this historic achievement for equality by checking out these books and others available through Libby, Overdrive, and Hoopla with a valid library card from your PLYMC.  These titles examine the history and origins of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. and abroad.   

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Celebrate and educate: 100 years of women gaining the right to vote in our country. 

Burning to Get the Vote: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Central Buckinghamshire 1904-1914 by Colin Cartwright   

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This book examines the origin of the women’s suffrage through firsthand research in Buckinghamshire, England.  Like so much of our history in America, the roots and origins can be traced across the pond to England.   

Cartwright examines some of the lesser known figures behind this social movement, the fight for the right to vote in England through public meetings, propaganda, and even window smashing, vandalism, tax evasion, arson, and other extreme acts.  The book also traces the origins of The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, which practiced responsible and law-abiding methods to bring attention to the cause, as well as the Women’s Social and Political Union, which resorted to acts outside the law to bring the right to vote to women.  These groups and figures paved the way for America’s own movement for equal voting rights.   

The Women’s Suffrage Movement by Sally Roesch Wagner  

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This anthology is a collection of works from the people who shaped and established the women’s suffrage movement in America, both wellknown and unknown.  Using historical texts which span as far back as two centuries, Roesch Wagner not only focuses on the struggle for women’s voting equality, but also on race and class inclusion in the battle for the right to vote.  Through the writings of such notable suffragists as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony alongside those of such as Ida B. Wells, a prominent African-American suffragist overlooked in her time because of her race, the way for women today to enjoy the right to vote was forged through the efforts of these extraordinary women.   

Exploring Women’s Suffrage through 50 Historic Treasures by Jessica Jenkins 

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Author Jessica Jenkins examines how the women’s suffrage movement gained momentum with the people and politicians of our country, through such acts as hunger strikes, propaganda drives, parades, and other efforts to spread the message of “Votes for Women.”   

This phrase would go on to become not only a slogan, but a rally cry as well for equal voting rights.  Today museums, libraries, universities, and historic sites all around our country act as caretakers for the objects and places that tell the story of women’s suffrage. This work highlights some of these cultural gems touting the milestones, people, and legacy of the long campaign for women’s voting rights.  

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote by Ellen Carol DuBois 

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Ellen Carol DuBois take a historical look at the origins of women’s suffrage, finding commonality and direct links between the movement and the abolition of slavery.  Bringing the initial fight into the 20th century, DuBois introduces lesser known crusaders Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul who helped transform the struggle from post slavery days to the beginning of the industrial era.  DuBois also brings to light an internal struggle within women’s suffrage for the rights of AfricanAmerican women to vote.  These women, led by Ida B. Wells, were often ignored by their white counterparts in the movement for suffrage.   


Chris is an adult librarian with the PLYMC. He enjoys reading, particularly science fiction and psychological thrillers, hiking, being outdoors, and watching cat and dog videos.