Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

by Winifred Conkling
Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

by Winifred Conkling


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“Lively . . . Defiant . . . Pulling back the curtain on 100 years of struggle . . . The women who shaped the American narrative come to life with refreshing attention to detail.”—The New York Times Book Review

For nearly 150 years, American women did not have the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, they won that right, when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified at last. To achieve that victory, some of the fiercest, most passionate women in history marched, protested, and sometimes even broke the law—for more than eight decades.
From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the suffrage movement at the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, to Sojourner Truth and her famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech, to Alice Paul, arrested and force-fed in prison, this is the story of the American women’s suffrage movement and the private lives that fueled its leaders’ dedication. Votes for Women! explores suffragists’ often powerful, sometimes difficult relationship with the intersecting temperance and abolition campaigns, and includes an unflinching look at some of the uglier moments in women’s fight for the vote.
By turns illuminating, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616209889
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 193,477
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Winifred Conkling is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including Passenger on the Pearl, Radioactive!, and the middle-grade novel Sylvia & Aki. You can find her online at

Table of Contents

Preface "Aye" 1

Chapter 1 "Oh, my daughter, I wish you were a boy!": Before Seneca Falls 6

Chapter 2 "All men and women are created equal": Seneca Falls Convention, 1848 30

Chapter 3 "The right is ours": Creating a National Suffrage Movement 43

Chapter 4 "In thought and sympathy we were one": A Feminist Friendship 62

Chapter 5 "You must be true alike to the women and the negroes": Division in the Suffrage Movement 80

Chapter 6 "Madam, you are not a citizen": Victoria Woodhull Speaks to Congress 107

Chapter 7 "I have been & gone & done it!!": Susan B. Anthony Votes for President 128

Chapter 8 "We ask justice, we ask equality": Forward, Step by Step 144

Chapter 9 "Failure is impossible!": The Next Generation 171

Chapter 10 "Votes for Women": The Second Wave of Suffragists 180

Chapter 11 "How long must women wait for liberty?": Parades and Protests 193

Chapter 12 "Power belongs to good": The Silent Sentinels 215

Chapter 13 "This ordeal was the most terrible torture": Hungering for Justice 239

Chapter 14 "Don't forget to be a good boy": The Battle for Ratification 258

In Her Own Words: Key Primary Sources 273

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792): Mary Wollstonecraft 273

Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, and the Condition of Woman (1838): Sarah Grimké 273

Declaration of Sentiments (1848): Elizabeth Cady Stanton 274

"Ain't I a Woman?" (1851): Sojourner Truth 274

Wedding Vows of Lucy Stone and Henry Blackwell (1855) 275

"Are Women Persons?": Susan B. Anthony's Address after Her Arrest for Illegal Voting (1873) 275

Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (1920) 275

The Suffrage Sisters: A Timeline 276

Bibliography 280

Books 280

Films 283

Manuscript Collections 283

Websites 284

Places of Interest 284

Notes 285

Acknowledgments 305

Index 307

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