The Accidental Suffragist
by Galia Gichon
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Pub Date 01 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2021
Helen Fox, a New York factory worker in 1912 thrown into the women’s rights movement becomes estranged from a husband who disapproves of her sudden activism, ostracized by tenement neighbors, out of place among wealthy suffragettes, and worried about her children as she leaves to picket the White House and change Washington; spanning World War One and concluding with the triumph of 1919 when Helen discovers her voice and dreams of equality in a male-dominated society.
A Note From the Publisher
The Accidental Suffragist is a timely and inspiring Women’s Historical Fiction novel about the women’s suffrage movement and the fight for women’s right to vote.
“The Accidental Suffragist is the so-timely story of the sacrifices one mother makes – to her family, her safety, and her previous identity – when called by a cause and stirred to act. Through the telling of this factory worker’s experience, Gichon reminds us of the grave sacrifices so many women made more than a century ago and the debt of gratitude we owe them today as we see Kamala Harris’s ascent to Vice President. My teenage daughters snatched this book from my hands before I could even finish.” –Alisyn Camerota, CNN Anchor and Author of “Amanda Wakes Up”
“With its captivating heroine and rich historical details, The Accidental Suffragist is a novel that both enlightens and enthralls. A must-read for those interested (and we all should be!) in the fight waged by brave American women determined to secure their right to vote.” –Nina Sankovitch, Author and Historian
“The Accidental Suffragist is an entertaining, meticulously researched novel about the struggles and eventual triumphs of the Suffragist cause in the early twentieth century. Within this fascinating historical context, Gichon also explores the challenge and compromise inherent to working motherhood, a topic equally relevant today as it was then.” –Heather Frimmer, M.D., Physician and Author “Better to Trust”
“Many women wish the world was a kinder, fairer place for them, some women make it so. Gichon, like her heroines, moves through the world fueled by love and a sense of justice, the result is a richly detailed and studiously researched novel that will bring hope to your heart.” –Lorea Canales, Author of “Becoming Marta”
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A heartbreaking yet empowering story of a wife/mother who worked with the women’s suffrage movement in NYC, dreaming of equality in a very male-dominated society. 💕A very quick and easy read. 💕Great story and family dynamic. 💕Chapter titles! Y’all know I feel about that. 💔Some scenes are hard to read when you think of the prices women shouldn’t have had to pay for the greater cause.
Galia Gichon has written a timely and important work that captures the heart of the women's suffrage movement and pays tribute to the women who committed their lives to the cause. The Accidental Suffragist follows Helen Fox, a working wife and mother who is struggling to make ends meet and balance all the demands of taking care of her family while working in a factory. Gichon shines a light on the terrible conditions, long hours, and little pay Helen and many women and children were forced to endure. After a tragic event, Helen is presented with an opportunity to begin working for the two parties of suffragists fighting for the rights of women to vote. Thus, she becomes an accidental suffragist and quickly finds herself inspired to be a champion for women's rights alongside Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and other notable suffragists. The Accidental Suffragist is a great book to read if you have little or no knowledge of the women's suffrage movement. Gichon takes you through the major events from 1912-1919 with the passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. I commend Gichon on featuring a protagonist from the working class as this adds another layer of complexity to the dilemmas Helen faces in her competing priorities of wife, mother, and suffragist. Even if you already have an awareness of these historical events you will appreciate the enhanced perspective from the protagonist's point of view. Thank you to the publisher for a gifted copy in exchange for my honest review!