Sisters

The Lives of America's Suffragists
Author: Jean H. Baker
Publisher: Hill and Wang
ISBN: 0374707162
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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How the Personal Became Political In the Fight to Grant Women Civil Rights They forever changed America: Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Alice Paul. At their revolution's start in the 1840s, a woman's right to speak in public was questioned. By its conclusion in 1920, the victory in woman's suffrage had also encompassed the most fundamental rights of citizenship: the right to control wages, hold property, to contract, to sue, to testify in court. Their struggle was confrontational (women were the first to picket the White House for a political cause) and violent (women were arrested, jailed, and force-fed in prisons). And like every revolutionary before them, their struggle was personal. For the first time, the eminent historian Jean H. Baker tellingly interweaves these women's private lives with their public achievements, presenting these revolutionary women in three dimensions, humanized, and marvelously approachable.

Margaret Sanger

A Life of Passion
Author: Jean H. Baker
Publisher: Hill and Wang
ISBN: 1429968974
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 368
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Undoubtedly the most influential advocate for birth control even before the term existed, Margaret Sanger ignited a movement that has shaped our society to this day. Her views on reproductive rights have made her a frequent target of conservatives and so-called family values activists. Yet lately even progressives have shied away from her, citing socialist leanings and a purported belief in eugenics as a blight on her accomplishments. In this captivating new biography, the renowned feminist historian Jean H. Baker rescues Sanger from such critiques and restores her to the vaunted place in history she once held. Trained as a nurse and midwife in the gritty tenements of New York's Lower East Side, Sanger grew increasingly aware of the dangers of unplanned pregnancy—both physical and psychological. A botched abortion resulting in the death of a poor young mother catalyzed Sanger, and she quickly became one of the loudest voices in favor of sex education and contraception. The movement she started spread across the country, eventually becoming a vast international organization with her as its spokeswoman. Sanger's staunch advocacy for women's privacy and freedom extended to her personal life as well. After becoming a wife and mother at a relatively early age, she abandoned the trappings of home and family for a globe-trotting life as a women's rights activist. Notorious for the sheer number of her romantic entanglements, Sanger epitomized the type of "free love" that would become mainstream only at the very end of her life. That she lived long enough to see the creation of the birth control pill—which finally made planned pregnancy a reality—is only fitting.

Notorious Victoria

The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored
Author: Mary Gabriel
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 1565121325
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 372
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A biography of the first woman to address Congress, operate a Wall Street brokerage firm, and run for president provides an intimate portrait of Victoria Woodhull's life

Votes for Women

The Virago Book of Suffragettes
Author: Joyce Marlow
Publisher: Virago Press
ISBN: 9781860498961
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 320
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Queen Victoria is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad wicked folly of women's rights, with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor sex is bent' - 1870 It was a bloody and dangerous war lasting several decades, won finally by sheer will and determination in 1928. Drawing on extracts from diaries, newspapers, letters, journals and books, Joyce Marlow has pieced together this inspiring, poignant and exciting history using the voices of the women themselves. Some of the people and events are well-known, but Marlow has gone beyond the obvious, particularly beyond London, to show us the ordinary women - middle and working-class, who had the breathtaking courage to stand up and be counted - or just as likely hectored, or pelted with eggs. These women were clever and determined, knew the power of humour and surprise and exhibited 'unladylike' passion and bravery. Joyce Marlow's anthology is lively, comprehensive, surprising and triumphant.

Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign


Author: Katherine H Adams,Michael L Keene
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252090349
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
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Past biographies, histories, and government documents have ignored Alice Paul's contribution to the women's suffrage movement, but this groundbreaking study scrupulously fills the gap in the historical record. Masterfully framed by an analysis of Paul's nonviolent and visual rhetorical strategies, Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign narrates the remarkable story of the first person to picket the White House, the first to attempt a national political boycott, the first to burn the president in effigy, and the first to lead a successful campaign of nonviolence. Katherine H. Adams and Michael L. Keene also chronicle other dramatic techniques that Paul deftly used to gain publicity for the suffrage movement. Stunningly woven into the narrative are accounts of many instances in which women were in physical danger. Rather than avoid discussion of Paul's imprisonment, hunger strikes, and forced feeding, the authors divulge the strategies she employed in her campaign. Paul's controversial approach, the authors assert, was essential in changing American attitudes toward suffrage.

Portraits of American Women

From Settlement to the Present
Author: G. J. Barker-Benfield,Catherine Clinton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195120486
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 603
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Until recently a "womanless" American history was the norm. But without a history of women we neglect gender dynamics, sex roles, and family relations--the very fundamentals of human interaction. Here 24 short essays locate the histories of women--from Pocahontas to Betty Friedan--and men together by period and provide a sense of their continuities through the whole gallery of the American past. 26 photos.

Other Powers

The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull
Author: Barbara Goldsmith
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307800350
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 531
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From the author of Little Gloria . . . Happy at Last, a stunning combination of history and biography that interweaves the stories of some of the most important social, political, and religious figures of America's Victorian era with the courageous and notorious life of Victoria Woodhull, to tell the story of her astonishing rise and fall and rise again. This is history at its most vivid, set amid the battle for woman suffrage, the Spiritualist movement that swept across the nation (10 million strong by midcentury) in the age of Radical Reconstruction following the Civil War, and the bitter fight that pitted black men against white women in the struggle to win the right to vote. From the Hardcover edition.

Vindication!

A Postcard History of the Women's Movement
Author: Ian McDonald
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Women
Page: 127
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The Stevensons

A Biography of an American Family
Author: Jean H. Baker
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393315981
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 592
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Presents a portrait of four generations of the Stevenson family in America, from the first Scotch-Irish immigrants to the life and career of the noted liberal politician Adlai Stevenson

How Women Got the Vote

The Story of the Women's Suffrage Movement in America
Author: Ida Husted Harper
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781499238853
Category:
Page: 32
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Originally published in "Encyclopedia Americana" in 1920, this paperback edition tells the story of the women's suffrage movement in American, which led to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920), which guaranteed all American women the right to vote. Includes supplemental material: The Women's Suffrage Movement in Brief About Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony"

Suffragettes

The Fight for Votes for Women
Author: Joyce Marlow
Publisher: Virago
ISBN: 0349007756
Category: History
Page: 320
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Queen Victoria is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad wicked folly of women's rights, with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor sex is bent' - 1870 It was a bloody and dangerous war lasting several decades, won finally by sheer will and determination in 1928. Drawing on extracts from diaries, newspapers, letters, journals and books, Joyce Marlow has pieced together this inspiring, poignant and exciting history using the voices of the women themselves. Some of the people and events are well-known, but Marlow has gone beyond the obvious, particularly beyond London, to show us the ordinary women - middle and working-class, who had the breathtaking courage to stand up and be counted - or just as likely hectored, or pelted with eggs. These women were clever and determined, knew the power of humour and surprise and exhibited 'unladylike' passion and bravery. Joyce Marlow's anthology is lively, comprehensive, surprising and triumphant.

Belva Lockwood

The Woman who Would be President
Author: Jill Norgren
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814758347
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 311
View: 7913
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"In this thoroughly researched and beautifully written biography, Jill Norgren traces Belva Lockwoods dogged efforts to earn a living as a lawyer in Washington while caring for her daughter and becoming a leading advocate for womans suffrage and the peaceful arbitration of international disputes. Norgrens brilliant study makes clear why Lockwood--the first woman to argue before the Supreme Court (1879) and run for President (1884 and 1888)--belongs in the ranks of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frances Willard." --John M. Ferren, author of Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: the Story of Justice Wiley Rutledge"In this meticulously researched and moving account, Professor Norgren has rescued Lockwood's extraordinary story from relative obscurity. Like Shakespeare's Portia, Lockwood used wit, ingenuity, and sheer force of will to unsettle society's conceptions of her sex. The author deserves high commendation for recognizing Lockwood's rightful place in United States history by writing this biography."--Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States"Jill Norgren beautifully weaves the personal and political ordeals of Belva Lockwood's life into a compelling story that illuminates Lockwood's enduring contributions. This is a dramatic account a pioneering woman whose life in the law still resonates in contemporary times."--Joan Biskupic, author of Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most influential Justice"Jill Norgren's splendid biography of one of history's most astonishing pioneers-first woman counsel before the Supreme Court, visionary for equal rights, international peace activist, Indian rightslitigator, presidential candidate-is provocative, challenging, galvanizing! Brilliantly researched, vividly written, and profou

Inez

The Life and Times of Inez Milholland
Author: Linda J. Lumsden
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253110961
Category: Social Science
Page: 280
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Inez Milholland was the most glamorous suffragist of the 1910s and a fearless crusader for women's rights. Moving in radical circles, she agitated for social change in the prewar years, and she epitomized the independent New Woman of the time. Her death at age 30 while stumping for suffrage in California in 1916 made her the sole martyr of the American suffrage movement. Her death helped inspire two years of militant protests by the National Woman's Party, including the picketing of the White House, which led in 1920 to ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Lumsden's study of this colorful and influential figure restores to history an important link between the homebound women of the 19th century and the iconoclastic feminists of the 1970s.

Sisters in Strength

American Women Who Made a Difference
Author: Yona Zeldis McDonough,Malcah Zeldis
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805061024
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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From Eleanor Roosevelt to Emily Dickinson, this lively collection provides young readers with the biographies of eleven American heroines while highlighting the great accomplishments they made in their time. 15,000 first printing.

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography


Author: Jean Harvey Baker
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393075687
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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"A complex and moving character study of a woman tragically out of step with her time and place."—Chicago Tribune This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln. For twenty-five years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant, loving marriage. Even as the nation suffered secession and civil war, Mary experienced the tragedies of losing three of her four children and then her husband. An insanity trial orchestrated by her surviving son led to her confinement in an asylum. Mary Todd Lincoln is still often portrayed in one dimension, as the stereotype of the best-hated faults of all women. Here her life is restored for us whole.

The Other Women's Movement

Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America
Author: Dorothy Sue Cobble
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400840864
Category: History
Page: 336
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American feminism has always been about more than the struggle for individual rights and equal treatment with men. There's also a vital and continuing tradition of women's reform that sought social as well as individual rights and argued for the dismantling of the masculine standard. In this much anticipated book, Dorothy Sue Cobble retrieves the forgotten feminism of the previous generations of working women, illuminating the ideas that inspired them and the reforms they secured from employers and the state. This socially and ethnically diverse movement for change emerged first from union halls and factory floors and spread to the "pink collar" domain of telephone operators, secretaries, and airline hostesses. From the 1930s to the 1980s, these women pursued answers to problems that are increasingly pressing today: how to balance work and family and how to address the growing economic inequalities that confront us. The Other Women's Movement traces their impact from the 1940s into the feminist movement of the present. The labor reformers whose stories are told in The Other Women's Movement wanted equality and "special benefits," and they did not see the two as incompatible. They argued that gender differences must be accommodated and that "equality" could not always be achieved by applying an identical standard of treatment to men and women. The reform agenda they championed--an end to unfair sex discrimination, just compensation for their waged labor, and the right to care for their families and communities--launched a revolution in employment practices that carries on today. Unique in its range and perspective, this is the first book to link the continuous tradition of social feminism to the leadership of labor women within that movement.

The Scarlet Sisters

Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age
Author: Myra MacPherson
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 1455547700
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 432
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A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world. Here award-winning author Myra MacPherson deconstructs and lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America, remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women are still fighting today. Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee "Tennie" Claflin-the most fascinating and scandalous sisters in American history-were unequaled for their vastly avant-garde crusade for women's fiscal, political, and sexual independence. They escaped a tawdry childhood to become rich and famous, achieving a stunning list of firsts. In 1870 they became the first women to open a brokerage firm, not to be repeated for nearly a century. Amid high gossip that he was Tennie's lover, the richest man in America, fabled tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, bankrolled the sisters. As beautiful as they were audacious, the sisters drew a crowd of more than two thousand Wall Street bankers on opening day. A half century before women could vote, Victoria used her Wall Street fame to become the first woman to run for president, choosing former slave Frederick Douglass as her running mate. She was also the first woman to address a United States congressional committee. Tennie ran for Congress and shocked the world by becoming the honorary colonel of a black regiment. They were the first female publishers of a radical weekly, and the first to print Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto in America. As free lovers they railed against Victorian hypocrisy and exposed the alleged adultery of Henry Ward Beecher, the most famous preacher in America, igniting the "Trial of the Century" that rivaled the Civil War for media coverage. Eventually banished from the women's movement while imprisoned for allegedly sending "obscenity" through the mail, the sisters sashayed to London and married two of the richest men in England, dining with royalty while pushing for women's rights well into the twentieth century. Vividly telling their story, Myra MacPherson brings these inspiring and outrageous sisters brilliantly to life.

Lucy Stone

An Unapologetic Life
Author: Sally Gregory McMillen,Sally G. McMillen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199778396
Category: History
Page: 338
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"A biography of Lucy Stone, who, while often overshadowed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and others, played a pivotal role in the woman's rights movement and fought for gender equality throughout her life"--

A Lab of One's Own

Science and Suffrage in the First World War
Author: Patricia Fara
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192514164
Category: Science
Page: 304
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Many extraordinary female scientists, doctors, and engineers tasted independence and responsibility for the first time during the First World War. How did this happen? Patricia Fara reveals how suffragists, such as Virginia Woolf's sister, Ray Strachey, had already aligned themselves with scientific and technological progress, and that during the dark years of war they mobilized women to enter conventionally male domains such as science and medicine. Fara tells the stories of women such as: mental health pioneer Isabel Emslie, chemist Martha Whiteley, a co-inventor of tear gas, and botanist Helen Gwynne Vaughan. Women were now carrying out vital research in many aspects of science, but could it last? Though suffragist Millicent Fawcett declared triumphantly that 'the war revolutionised the industrial position of women. It found them serfs, and left them free', the outcome was very different. Although women had helped the country to victory and won the vote for those over thirty, they had lost the battle for equality. Men returning from the Front reclaimed their jobs, and conventional hierarchies were re-established even though the nation now knew that women were fully capable of performing work traditionally reserved for men. Fara examines how the bravery of these pioneer women scientists, temporarily allowed into a closed world before the door clanged shut again, paved the way for today's women scientists. Yet, inherited prejudices continue to limit women's scientific opportunities.

The Women's Suffrage Movement

A Reference Guide 1866-1928
Author: Elizabeth Crawford
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135434018
Category: History
Page: 800
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This widely acclaimed book has been described by History Today as a 'landmark in the study of the women's movement'. It is the only comprehensive reference work to bring together in one volume the wealth of information available on the women's movement. Drawing on national and local archival sources, the book contains over 400 biographical entries and more than 800 entries on societies in England, Scotland and Wales. Easily accessible and rigorously cross-referenced, this invaluable resource covers not only the political developments of the campaign but provides insight into its cultural context, listing novels, plays and films.