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The Woman's Hour
The Great Fight to Win the Vote
By (author): Elaine Weiss
9780143128991 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Women Mar 05, 2019
$24.00 CAD
Active 5.45 x 8.35 x 0.96 in | 0.88 lb 432 pages 2 16-PAGE B&W INSERTS INSERT STOCK) Penguin Books
“Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader”—Hillary Rodham Clinton

Soon to be a major television event, the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state—Tennessee—is needed for women’s voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and 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 nation’s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, The Woman’s Hour is the gripping story of how America’s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR TELEVISION EVENT: Hillary Rodham Clitnon is teaming up with Steven Spielberg’s Ablim Television to bring The Woman’s Hour to the small screen.

INCREDIBLE PUBLICITY: The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and have all raved about The Woman’s Hour.

VOTING RIGHTS: Could not be more in the news. Voter suppression, states’ rights, election fraud, and all the other hallmarks of 21st century elections are all on display in the Tennessee Capitol.

HEROIC HIDDEN FIGURES: This is the kind of character-driven dramatic narrative American history readers love, from Hidden Figures to The Witches.

PREHISTORY OF THE PINK-HAT MOVEMENT: At a time of revitalized women’s activism, the perfect inspiration from the past. The origin story of arguments about female power and ambition—economic, cultural, political.

UNTAPPED STORY LINE: Most people think Susan B. Anthony got women the vote at Seneca Falls in 1848. That was only the beginning of a 70 year campaign.The Suffs, with yellow roses pinned to their dresses, and the Anti’s, wearing red roses, are fabulous characters who have rarely been profiled and never in any depth, except in obscure women’s histories.

Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize Editor’s Choice honoree, she is also the author of Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War (Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press).

Author Residence: Baltimore, Maryland

Author Hometown: New York City

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Praise for The Woman’s Hour:

“With a skill reminiscent of Robert Caro, [Weiss] turns the potentially dry stuff of legislative give-and-take into a drama of courage and cowardice.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Weiss is a clear and genial guide with an ear for telling language…She also shows a superb sense of detail, and it’s the deliciousness of her details that suggests certain individuals warrant entire novels of their own…Weiss’s thoroughness is one of the book’s great strengths. So vividly had she depicted events that by the climactic vote (spoiler alert: The amendment was ratified!), I got goose bumps.”—Curtis Sittenfeld, The New York Times Book Review

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