Author event with Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour

at in store on 03/06/2018, 06:30 pm
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On election day 2016, thousands of women went to the polls and in a show of gratitude placed their “I Voted” stickers on the graves of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Catt, and Alice Paul, the women’s suffrage leaders who fought fearlessly and ceaselessly for seventy years to secure the right to vote for American women. The Woman's Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote by award winning journalist Elaine Weiss, tells how we came to that moment focusing on six weeks of that battle, when it all came down to one last state, and in the end one man’s vote. The “Suffs” descended on Nashville, Tennessee to duke it out with their opposing forces—politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, racists who didn’t want to see black women win the vote, and the “Antis”—women who vehemently opposed their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage would bring about the moral collapse of the nation. The Woman's Hour is a 20th century political thriller that has all the trappings of a contemporary news report: gender, states’ rights, corporate sway in politics, religion in public policy, grassroots activism, and racial tension, because the fight for suffrage in America is inevitably a story about race. It is in many ways the last skirmish fought under the lingering shadows of the Civil War, and the first salvo in the great battles for civil rights in the 20th century. At the Women’s March on January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched and protested on some of the same streets on which the Suffs staged their protests more than a century before. Many of the protest signs were nods to iconic women’s suffrage campaign posters, and others simply expressed dismay that women still have to protest for their rights. Every American woman owes a debt of gratitude to the suffragists. These were the women who took the risks, did the long, arduous work, and suffered the hardships and scorn, to win the vote for the rest of us. Women's right to vote would not have simply happened on its own. The ballot would not have been eventually, magnanimously handed to women if they'd not demanded it, made a strong case for it, and fought damn hard for it. Yet, the fight the Suffs began is not yet over, especially as widespread gerrymandering and continued voter disenfranchisement persists today. Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor's Choice honoree, she is also the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great War.

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