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New Books on Women’s Votes

September 5, 2019

By Chris Farrington

Elizabeth Cady Stanton House
On February 12, 1920, just before the anniversary of its statehood, Arizona ratified the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution to extend the right to vote to women. On August 18, Tennessee became the 36th state to vote in favor of ratification, and women’s suffrage became legal nationwide.

Several new books recount the long fight, crosscurrents then and now between equity and strategy, and the personalities and organizations of leaders and followers: