Women Will Vote: Winning Suffrage in New York State

Goodier, Susan & . Three Hills. Sept. 2017. 248p. illus. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781501705557. $29.95. HIST
OrangeReviewStarIn 1917, a referendum granting women in New York State full suffrage finally passed, an accomplishment activists had been working toward since the mid-19th century. Goodier (history, State Univ. of New York, Oneonta; No Vote for Women) and Pastorello (history, Tompkins Cortland Community Coll.; The Progressives) explore the people and events that made this milestone possible. The authors primarily focus on the many who contributed to the cause of suffrage, including well-known figures such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton while also introducing readers to Max Eastman, Carrie Chapman Catt, and other equally important but lesser-known suffragists. Although the varied suffragists didn't always work together, their continued efforts succeeded in forming an effective coalition. Goodier and Pastorello offer a thorough perspective of the long struggle for voting equality in New York—and the first step toward equal rights.
VERDICT Highly recommended to those interested in women's history as well as the history of New York State. The work is particularly timely with the centennial of the successful referendum in November 2017.

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