The Women’s Suffrage Movement Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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An intersectional anthology of works by the known and unknown women that shaped and established the suffrage movement, in time for the 2020 centennial of women's right to vote, with a foreword by Gloria Steinem
Comprised of historical texts spanning two centuries, The Women's Suffrage Movement is a comprehensive and singular volume that covers the major issues and figures involved in the movement, with a distinctive focus on diversity, incorporating race, class, and gender, and illuminating minority voices. In an effort to spotlight the many influential voices that were excluded from the movement, the writings of well-known suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony are featured alongside accounts of Native American women who inspired suffragists like Matilda Joslyn Gage to join the movement, as well as African American suffragists such as Sarah Mapps Douglas and Harriet Purvis, who were often left out of the conversation because of their race. The editor and introducer Sally Roesch Wagner is a preeminent scholar of the diverse backbone of the women's suffrage movement, the founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, and serves on the New York State Women's Suffrage Commission.
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|Listening Length||22 hours and 17 minutes|
|Author||Sally Roesch Wagner - editor and introduction, Gloria Steinem - foreword|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 05 2019|
|Publisher||HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #70,643 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#592 in Social Activist Biographies & Memoirs
#605 in Gender Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,000 in Feminist Theory (Books)
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My favorite thing about this book is that Wagner is not afraid to show us the good, the bad, and the ugly. The women’s suffrage movement was seemingly endless, extremely challenging, and often full of disagreements and infighting. Wagner helped me to appreciate the struggle even more, but she also shines a light on inequalities even within the movement itself. Be prepared to read some awful, racist words from women you may consider to be your heroes.
The amount of work and dedication women had to the suffrage cause is awe-inspiring. They worked relentlessly, many of them for their entire lives, often with little or no reward. People mocked and shunned them, but still they fought. Wagner reminds us that women were not “given” the right to vote, they fought tooth and nail for about 70 years for every tiny little victory that led to the 19th amendment. And for many women (especially in the South where Jim Crow laws prevented black men and women from voting), that fight continued until 1965 when the Voting Rights Act helped to curb voter suppression (unfortunately the VRA was gutted in 2013, so we are beginning to see another rise in voter suppression tactics).
Wagner’s afterword is beautifully written and gives me inspiration for the fights that continue today: “History is shaped by those who swim with the tide as well as those who swim against it, stemming the tide of injustice. To choose not to act is the worst possible action. There are no innocent bystanders to history. Inaction ensures that injustice will continue in your name.”
On the whole, I found the book fascinating. However, I must admit that at certain points I found myself thinking, "Ok, I get it. Now what?" Still, I would recommend the book as an eye opener for people like me who were ignorant of certain herstory and for those who willingly accept their servitude to religion's assignment of our gender.