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The Female Fight for the Right to Vote

In 1918 Michigan passed a Constitutional Amendment to recognize women's right to vote. Nationally, the 19th Amendment wouldn't pass until the following year and wouldn't be official until the year after that.

The 19th Amendment clarified that the right to vote could not be denied based on sex, and was passed on June 5, 1919 and ratified by 36 states on August 18, 1920. The last state to ratify this amendment was Mississippi in 1984.

Celebrate this milestone by checking out one of the following titles and learning more about the global fight for women's suffrage. Titles geared for younger audiences are at the top, but may interest older readers.

Follow suffragettes Nell Richardson and Alice Burke's cross-country journey to campaign for women's right to vote.

Explore the history of women's suffrage, highlighting the contributions of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and such other reformers as Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone.

Emmeline Pankhurst by Lisbeth Kaiser

Get to know Emmeline Pankhurst who fought for women to get the vote and inspired other women to demonstrate, go on hunger strikes, and protest for the cause.

When Alice Paul was a child, she saw her father go off to vote while her mother had to stay home. But why should that be? So Alice studied the Constitution and knew that the laws needed to change. But who would change them?

On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women suffrage, Bold & Brave looks both backward and forward. It introduces children to strong women who have raised their voices on behalf of justice--and inspires them to raise their own voices to build our future.

From the first women's rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York, to the enactment of the 19th Amendment, this lively chronicle introduces Anthony and the American suffragist movement.

Rebel voices by Louise Kay Stewart

This book is a celebration of women around the world standing up, speaking out, and sticking together to battle inequality and win the vote. 

Though the Declaration of Independence stated that "all men are created equal," women and girls in the early days of the United States were systematically and deliberately excluded from that promise. This guide tells of the for women's suffrage in the United States, a movement that began alongside the abolitionist cause and continued through the ratification of the 19th amendment. 

The story of women's suffrage is epic. Generations of heroic women risked their lives for the cause knowing they likely wouldn't live to cast a vote. At a time when sexism was inherent in daily life, these women (and a few supportive men) created a movement and passionately fought for it until the vote on the 19th amendment was called in 1920. It passed by a single vote. This under-explored history continues to resonate, and will remind readers that ordinary citizens and peaceful protest can affect lasting change. 

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Here is the story of extraordinary leader Alice Paul, from the woman suffrage movement--the long struggle for votes for women--to the "second wave," when women demanded full equality with men. Paul made a significant impact on both. 

Susan B. Anthony by Teri Kanefield

Anthony was born into a world in which men ruled women: A man could beat his wife, take her earnings, have her committed into an asylum based on his word, and take her children away from her. Susan B. Anthony began her public career as a radical abolitionist, and after the Civil War, she became an international figurehead of the women's suffrage movement. 

In 1827, when Clarina was a teenager, she remembers, "I had a longing desire to do good." But America wasn't ready for an ambitious, intelligent young woman. This is the amazing true story of how Clarina Nicholas turned tragedy into triumph - and went on to help fuel the movement that created a brighter future for women everywhere. 

Learn about how "General" Rosalie Gardner Jones marched an army of women nearly one hundred seventy-five miles to win support for voting rights for women.

Radical, feminist, writer, suffragist, Matilda Joslyn Gage changed the course of history. She fought for equal rights not dependent on sex, race, class, or creed. Yet her name has faded into obscurity. This story explores Gage's life, including her rise and fall within the movement she helped build.

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On August 18, 1920, American women finally won the right to vote. Ratification of the 19th Amendment was the culmination of an almost eighty-year fight in which some of the fiercest, most passionate women in history marched, protested, and sometimes broke the law in to achieve this huge leap toward equal rights.

In the early twentieth century, women in the UK and the US were fighting for the vote using any means necessary. Kitty Marion was sent on a mission by the family of Emmeline Pankhurst, founders of the leading militant organization for women's suffrage in the UK: to carry out a nationwide campaign of bombings and arson attacks in support of their goals. Kitty's subsequent arrests and force-feedings while in prison put her on a path of dedicated radical activism, leading her across the ocean to New York City.

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In the early twentieth century over two hundred of New York's most glamorous socialites joined the suffrage movement. Although they were dismissed by critics as bored socialites "trying on suffrage as they might the latest couture designs from Paris," these gilded suffragists were at the epicenter of great reforms. They used their wealth, power, social connections and style to excite mainstream interest and to diffuse resistance to the cause.

Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were two defiant suffragist women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two activists broke from the mainstream women's rights movement and created a more radical wing, daring to push the boundaries to secure women's voting rights in 1920. 

Daughters of a prominent slaveholding family in Charleston, South Carolina, Sarah and Angelina Grimke, vowed to change the dynamics of their harsh society. The sisters (mostly in secret) began to educate their slaves as best they could, by teaching them reading and religion-and the basic rights to which all humans are entitled. Eventually they moved to the north, where they dedicated their lives to abolitionism and advocacy of women’s rights.

Lucy Stone was a Massachusetts newspaper editor, abolitionist, and charismatic orator for the women's rights movement in the last half of the nineteenth century. She was deeply involved in almost every reform issue of her time. Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Julia Ward Howe, Horace Greeley, and Louisa May Alcott counted themselves among her friends. At one time, Lucy Stone was a household name.

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An eye-opening, inspiring, and timely account of the complex relationship between notable suffragist Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson in her fight for women's equality. A rousing portrait of a little-known feminist heroine and an inspirational exploration of a crucial moment in American history.

She was the first woman to address the U.S. Congress, the first to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street, and the first to run for president. She's the woman Gloria Steinem called "the most controversial suffragist of them all." 

Sophia transcended her heritage to devote herself to battling injustice and inequality, a far cry from the life to which she was born. Her causes were the struggle for Indian Independence, the fate of the lascars, the welfare of Indian soldiers in the First World War--and, above all, the fight for female suffrage. 

Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain. 

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The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.