The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss

womans hour

Originally published in: 2018

What it’s about: The long, long road to the enfranchisement of women in the United States.

What made me pick it up: Voting is so important to me. My great-grandmother, who I knew for many years, was born a decade before women could legally vote. I have always recognized the great responsibility voting is, and the work that went into giving us that right. But I had no idea just how long and hard and how many heroes worked to make it possible.

My favorite parts: This is written like a novel where you follow a series of main characters from the old guard of Susan B. Anthony to the next gen suffragists like Carrie Catt. You also meet a series of anti-suffragists and will likely recognize some of their rhetoric from current political arguments. The story builds up to the last state to ratify (Tennessee) and even though you know eventually that it will get passed, it is still such a dramatic story and close call. In the end you will be so grateful for your opportunity to participate fully in our democracy and want to hug that one politician’s mother who sent a last minute letter imploring him to give women the vote. May we all be so vocal about our need for equality, and hopefully may many more lawmakers listen and act.

Who it’s great for: Everyone.

Erica’s rating: four and a half shells