The Woman's Hour

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 06 May 2018

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Typically, anything non-fiction is not my jam BUT I kept hearing about this book and considering the plight of US women in 2017 I thought it was fitting to read it (and during Women’s History Month!). This book is not a “quick weekend read” by any means. There is a lot of information to take in and there were times where it was very overwhelming but what worked about this book was the way the story was laid out. Instead of reading like a textbook the author switched POVs between the Suffs, Antis, and Legislators. This made the book read more like an actual story than just someone’s historical...

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Wow, every time we walk into a polling booth we should be remembering these ladies and the battle they fought for our right to vote!

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THE WOMAN'S HOUR by Elaine Weiss is an absolutely terrific non-fiction book which tells the story of the fight to ratify voting rights for women. As such, it makes me think of the quote attributed to Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Although author Weiss focuses mainly on the six weeks in 1920 during which the Tennessee legislature debated ratifying the Nineteenth Amendment, in THE WOMAN'S HOUR she notes that "winning the vote required seventy-two years of ceaseless agitation by three generations of dedicated, fearless suffragists .... the women who launched the...

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BookFilter Review: Many books have been written about the fight by women to get the vote in the United States -- HBO had a noble miniseries about it just a few years ago. This new popular history by journalist Elaine Weiss is a highly entertaining addition. It smartly zeros in on the final battle: the political shenanigans in Tennessee to ratify the 19th Amendment. This is a ticking clock scenario: 35 states have ratified it and the rest (mostly the former slave states) have rejected it or won't even bother. That leaves Tennessee. If women don't achieve victory here, they must start from scratch and wait years or perhaps a decade or longer to garner their basic civil rights. So...

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The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss follows a handful of brave women who fought for the right to vote with cameos from Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The narrative presented primarily takes place in Nashville, August 1920. By this time only one more state is required for ratification of the nineteenth amendment and everything fall on Tennessee. The opposition features politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and racists who don't want black women voting. There are also the 'Antis' - women who fear that their own enfranchisement will cause the moral collapse of the...

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This book on women's suffrage hones in on the final days in Tennessee before the court case that was key to the vote comes to an end.  The best bits of this were the parts that introduced the reader to the historical players in the suffrage movement.  For me, the descriptions of the battles fought along the way began to feel repetitive and cumbersome to the narrative.
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