By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph
Passed 100 years ago on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment guaranteed and protected women’s right to vote. Celebrate this milestone with these title suggestions for all ages!
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Books commemorating the 19th Amendment
Votes for Women! by Winifred Conkling
Why you should try it: This comprehensive look at the history of the 19th Amendment is perfect for teens who want to explore the personal and political challenges.
Description: The story of the 19th Amendment and the nearly 80-year fight for voting rights for women discusses the politics and private challenges that inspired the achievements of such activists as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth.
The Woman’s Hour: Adapted for Young Readers by Elaine F. Weiss
Why you should try it: This children’s version helps young readers understand the importance of the 19th Amendment and the major players in the movement.
Description: Published to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, a young readers’ edition of the author’s acclaimed adult book includes coverage of the opposition that challenged voting rights for women, including other women who believed it was their duty to uphold traditional roles.
American Women’s Suffrage by Susan Ware
Why you should try it: You want to hear from the women on the front lines, the Asian women, the Black women, the Native women, in this collection of speeches, essays, and ephemera from across the suffrage movement.
Description: 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.
Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote by Ellen Carol DuBois
Why you should try it: This comprehensive and contextualising history of the suffrage movement is written with adults in mind who have a bit of knowledge about the major aspects of it.
Description: Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, a high-energy chronicle of the movement for women’s voting rights shares bold portraits of its devoted leaders and activists.
Women Win the Vote! by Nancy B. Kennedy
Why you should try it: Many women in small towns and big cities were active in the suffrage movement. This book helps middle school students get familiar with the women at the forefront.
Description: Published to commemorate the 19th Amendment’s centennial, a collection of short biographies introduces 19 famous and lesser-known suffrage trailblazers who fought for women’s rights, including Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, and Mary Ann Shadd Cary.
Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? by Tina Cassidy
Why you should try it: You want to learn about Alice Paul, a force for women’s suffrage in Britain and the U.S., who endured bodily harm to bring attention to the cause.
Description: The author of Jackie After O examines the complex relationship between suffragist leader Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson, revealing the life-risking measures that Paul and her supporters endured to gain voting rights for American women.
Why They Marched by Susan Ware
Why you should try it: You already know about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emmeline Pankhurst, and Susan B. Anthony, and now you’re ready for more.
Description: Looking beyond the national leadership of the suffrage movement, an acclaimed historian gives voice to the thousands of women from different backgrounds, races, and religions whose local passion and protest resounded throughout the land.
Stream & download with: Hoopla (digital audiobook)
She Votes by Bridget Quinn
Why you should try it: Art and history collide in this look back and forward for the women’s suffrage movement.
Description: This book tells the story of how women won the right to vote and what happened next. Told by historian Bridget Quinn and illustrated throughout by 100 women artists.
Stream & download with: Hoopla (ebook)
Why you should try it: You’re ready to face the mounting militancy of the women’s right to vote activists and the response from detractors and opponents.
Description: One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, it tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote, a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history.
Dontaná is a Collection Management Librarian who was born with an unending reading list. She is almost always reading two books simultaneously and is easily distracted by cool covers.