Marking the Centenary of 19th Amendment

The women who marched
The Boston Globe
May 2, 2019
By Nina MacLaughlin

Editor, historian, and biographer Susan Ware, who serves as the honorary women’s suffrage centennial historian at the Radcliffe’s Institute’s Schlesinger Library at Harvard, has written a new book on the history of the movement, one that goes beyond the familiar figures associated with it. Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote(Belknap), out this week, looks at 19 activists from around the country, from a variety of races and backgrounds, revealing that the movement was made up of a wider and much more diverse group than is typically noted in the history books.

Ware “shifts the frame of reference . . . to highlight the women . . . who made woman suffrage happen through actions large and small, courageous and quirky, in states and communities across the nation.” It comes at a potent moment as the nation next year will see the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which deals with women’s suffrage, and a presidential election that has drawn a record number of women candidates. Ware will discuss the book on May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store.

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