The Women's Suffrage Movement

Penguin. Mar. 2019. 560p. ed. by Sally Roesch Wagner. notes. ISBN 9780143132431. pap. $18; ebk. ISBN 9780525504412. SOC SCI
OrangeReviewStarRoesch Wagner (Sisters in Spirit) gathers two centuries of historical work about the U.S. women's suffrage movement in this dense intersectional anthology. With a foreword by Gloria Steinem, this collection contains not only works by well-known suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton but prose by suffragist Ida B. Wells and other women of color, whose contributions to securing women's right to vote have been largely ignored because of their race. Wagner exposes the problematic history of racism within the movement and reveals connections between women's suffrage and the civil rights movement. The anthology traces the fight for women's suffrage from its start through early state victories until the suffrage amendment was finally ratified in 1920. Each chapter outlines and explains the accompanying historical texts. Pro-suffrage voices are not the only ones included; Wagner also highlights work by women and men opposed to the movement, truly rounding out the diverse voices contributing to this volume.
VERDICT An essential compilation for libraries wishing to add to their women's studies and history collections.
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