The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote Review

The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political victories in American history: the down and dirty campaign to get the last state to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote.

"Anyone interested in the history of our country's ongoing fight to put its founding values into practice--as well as those seeking the roots of current political fault lines--would be well-served by picking up The Woman's Hour." --Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures


Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the 'Antis'--women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel's, and the Bible.

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

Title:The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

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  • Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.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...

  • Linh

    This is truly excellent. I will never again believe that women were "given" the vote. They fought tooth and nail to get the enfranchisement. This is something that every woman should read. ...

  • Mary

    Elaine Weiss does a commendable job of writing about the last big battle before the ratification granting women the right to vote. The book reads like fiction and definitely helped me better understan...

  • Karen

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. 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!4☆...

  • Jillian Doherty

    Highlighting the power of women's fight for equality in a single summer, this brilliant and timely narrative nonfiction is a wake up call. By looking back on our struggles, can we truly understand hid...

  • Jeimy

    A fantastic work of narrative nonfiction that offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it took for Tennessee to ratify suffrage and how this led to women having the right to vote across the U.S.Sadly, ...

  • Laura Hoffman Brauman

    If we taught history like this book writes it, every student would want to study for a PhD. The Woman's Hour was riveting from the first page to the last. In 1920, the vote to ratify the 19th amendmen...

  • Karen

    This book was excellent. It reminded me how much politics has changed, and how much it has remained the same. I kept exclaiming, "I have lived this!" Especially as we approach the century anniversary ...

  • Krisette Spangler

    I learned so much as I read through this great novel. There was just so much I didn't know about the suffrage movement. My only complaint was the organization of the novel often left me confused abou...

  • Andy Miller

    A comprehensive telling of the political battle of Tennessee's ratification of the 19th amendment. The book immediately pushes back against today's perspective that ratification was inevitable; while ...