2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. More than 50 years prior, women and men began the struggle to change the course of voting history. Wyoming was particularly important in this history as the first state in the world to give women voting rights.
The Lincoln County Library System has numerous books about women’s suffrage and the incredible stories of the people behind it. Here are a selection of titles:
“The Woman’s Hour” by Elaine Weiss focuses on the final push for ratification of the 19th Amendment in Tennessee. The major players of the time on both sides converged on Nashville to lobby legislators. Today, many of these people’s names are no longer part of our voting lexicon, but their stories come vividly alive in Weiss’ narrative.
“Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote” by Ellen Carol DuBois outlines the history of the American suffrage movement from its beginnings before the Civil War through ratification, and into modern voting about child labor, women’s health, and equality.
Other noteworthy titles that follow suffragists include: “Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?” by Tina Cassidy; “No Place For a Woman: The Struggle for Suffrage in the Wild West” by Chris Enss; “Winning the Vote For Women,” a book for children by Caryn Jenner; and many more. These books remind us how important our voices are, both men and women, and to remember the effort made by these voting pioneers on our behalf. Please give your local Lincoln County Library a call to find out more about these and other titles.