100 Years of the Vote

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100 Years of the Vote

Women's Suffrage for Adults

This August, the United States celebrates 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The fight for the vote was not over then, but it was a major step forward for so many and was the culmination of a fight that had been waged for decades. 

To celebrate the fight for women’s suffrage and encourage a more in-depth understanding about the various issues within the fight for the 19th, try picking up one of these great books from our adult collection. 

Why They Marched: Untold Stories of The Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Susan Ware
The suffrage movement comes to life in this great historical look at the suffrage movement that explores the players we all know--Paul, Anthony, Stanton, etc--and more. This book busts open the door to a more diverse look at the suffrage movement, bringing often untold stories to light and introducing new suffragettes to wider audiences. This is a great way to dive into the history of the 19th Amendment if you haven’t already! 

Suffragists in Washington, D.C.: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote by Rebecca Boggs Roberts
Local historian and journalist Rebecca Boggs Roberts quickly and deftly explores the women’s suffrage movement and specifically the organization or the 1913 parade through the city in this book. It’s short, quick to the point and covers some of the major moments in the fight for the vote. 

Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote by Tina Cassidy
This biography of Alice Paul looks at her role in the suffrage movement and her attempts to persuade President Woodrow Wilson to the cause. While it is a biography of Alice and Wilson, it is also a fascinating look at specific niches of the suffrage movement and the role that the presidency played in how it came about. 

The Women’s Suffrage Movement by Sally Roesch Wagner 
This excellent collection of writings on and about the women’s suffrage movement is a great addition to any study of the movement! Featuring writings from Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Purvis and more. It’s a diverse collection of writings and readings that will open your eyes to the movement then and now!

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote by Carla Hayden
This companion to the Library of Congress exhibit about the women’s suffrage movement is eye-opening. If you want to see the movement development, you’ll enjoy this illustrated companion that follows the movement from its earliest day through the 19th Amendment and beyond. It’s chock full of fascinating history!