There's a Book for That: The 19th Amendment!

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Cast your vote! This week marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment. 100 years ago, on August 18th, 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting women their hard-won right to vote. In an historic election year, it’s our duty as citizens to exercise that right. In honor of the centenary, we’ve curated the following outstanding books about the suffragist movement for all ages: 


American Women's Suffrage: Voices from the Long Struggle for the Vote 1776-1965 (LOA #332) by AMERICAN WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE: VOICES FROM THE LONG STRUGGLE FOR THE VOTE 1776-1965 (LOA #332) edited by Susan Ware

For the first time, here is the full, definitive story of the movement for voting rights for American women, of every race, told through the voices of the women and men who lived it. Here are the most recognizable figures in the campaign for women’s suffrage, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, but also the black, Chinese, and American Indian women and men who were not only essential to the movement but expanded its directions and aims. Here, too, are the anti-suffragists who worried about where the country would head if the right to vote were universal. Expertly curated and introduced by scholar Susan Ware.


The Women's Suffrage Movement by THE WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT by Sally Roesch Wagner, Gloria Steinem

An intersectional anthology of works by the known and unknown women that shaped and established the suffrage movement, in time for the 2020 centennial of women’s right to vote, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem.



The Woman's Hour by Elaine WeissTHE WOMAN’S HOUR: THE GREAT FIGHT TO WIN THE VOTE by Elaine Weiss

Soon to be a major television event, the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.




The Woman's Hour (Adapted for Young Readers) by Elaine WeissTHE WOMAN’S HOUR (ADAPTED FOR YOUNG READERS): OUR FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE by Elaine Weiss

This adaptation of the book Hillary Clinton calls “a page-turning drama and an inspiration” will spark the attention of young readers and teach them about activism, civil rights, and the fight for women’s suffrage—just in time for the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Includes an eight-page photo insert!


History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote by Kate MessnerHISTORY SMASHERS: WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE by Kate Messner, Dylan Meconis

Through illustrations, graphic panels, photographs, sidebars, and more, acclaimed author Kate Messner smashes history by exploring the little-known details behind the fight for women’s suffrage.



Starting from Seneca Falls by Karen SchwabachSTARTING FROM SENECA FALLS by Karen Schwabach

Celebrate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment with another historical novel about women’s suffrage from the author of The Hope Chest.  Rose helps Bridie get a job with the strangest lady she’s ever met, Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Mrs. Stanton is planning a convention to talk about the rights of women. For Bridie and Rose, it’s a new idea, that women and girls could have a voice. But they sure are sick of all the wrongs. Maybe it’s time to fight for their rights!


Bold & Brave by Kirsten GillibrandBOLD & BRAVE: TEN HEROES WHO WON WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE by Kirsten Gillibrand: Illustrated by Maira Kalman

From United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand comes an inspiring picture book about ten suffragists who fought for women’s right to vote.

The suffragists included are: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Jovita Idár, Alice Paul, Inez Milholland, Ida B. Wells, Lucy Burns, and Mary Church Terrell.


Lifting as We Climb by Evette DionneLIFTING AS WE CLIMB: BLACK WOMEN’S BATTLE FOR THE BALLOT Box by Evette Dionne

An eye-opening book that tells the important, overlooked story of black women as a force in the suffrage movement—when fellow suffragists did not accept them as equal partners in the struggle.

★“Dionne provides a detailed and comprehensive look at the overlooked roles African American women played in the efforts to end slavery and then to secure the right to vote for women.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Suffragette: The Battle for Equality by David RobertsSUFFRAGETTE: THE BATTLE FOR EQUALITY David Roberts

A New York Times best-selling illustrator turns his talents to a lavish history of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.K. and the U.S. just in time for the hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment.


Around America to Win the Vote by Mara RockliffAROUND AMERICA TO WIN THE VOTE: TWO SUFFRAGISTS, A KITTEN, AND 10,000 MILES by Mara Rockliff; Illustrated by Hadley Hooper

In April 1916, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke set out from New York City in a little yellow car, embarking on a bumpy, muddy, unmapped journey ten thousand miles long. They took with them a teeny typewriter, a tiny sewing machine, a wee black kitten, and a message for Americans all across the country: Votes for Women! One hundred years after Nell and Alice set off on their trip, Mara Rockliff revives their spirit in a lively and whimsical picture book, with exuberant illustrations by Hadley Hooper bringing their inspiring historical trek to life.


Roses and Radicals by Susan Zimet and Todd Hasak-LowyROSES AND RADICALS: THE EPIC STORY OF HOW AMERICAN WOMEN WON THE RIGHT TO VOTE by Susan Zimet, Todd Hasak-Lowy

The riveting story of the brave and passionate women (and men) who risked everything to gain women the right to vote and change history in America.



Fight of the Century by Barb RosenstockFIGHT OF THE CENTURY: ALICE PAUL BATTLES WOODROW WILSON FOR THE VOTE by Barb Rosenstock; Illustrated by Sarah Green

The fight for women’s suffrage between women’s rights leader Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson is creatively presented as a four-round boxing match in this energetic nonfiction picture book.


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Posted: August 19, 2020