Nancy B. Kennedy. Women Win The Vote. 19 for the 19th Amendment
Read by Amanda Dola.
3 CDs. 3 hrs.
Recorded Books. 2020. Ages 9+
This excellent audiobook celebrates the 100th anniversary of the August 18, 1920, ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. Nancy Kennedy selects nineteen women whose persistent efforts over decades led to the passage of this socially and politically transformative legislation. Because the majority of suffragettes were white women, Kennedy does not hesitate to identify the underlying racist views which surfaced when many members rebelled against supporting the anti-slavery cause and securing the vote for African-American men. Some women were also supportive of the temperance movement. The brief biographies highlight well-known suffragettes like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Jeannette Rankin, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, and Julia Ward Howe. Others are less familiar – Anna Howard Shaw, the first woman Methodist preacher, and Alice Paul, who wrote the first Equal Rights Amendment, as well as Frances Willard, Lucy Burns, and Lucy Stone. In addition to the nineteen major figures, numerous additional supporters, both men and women, made specific contributions that allowed the movement to succeed. From the 1848 Seneca Falls, N.Y. conference until passage of the Amendment on August 18,1920, courageous, outspoken, militant women held marches, meetings, conferences, and boycotts to promote their cause. The perseverance, strength, and fortitude these women displayed when they were harassed, assaulted, and imprisoned, is a testimony to their vision and commitment. In its book form, each of the nineteen women has a four-page spread with color photographs, and an appendix includes an extensive list of works cited and a useful timeline. Kennedy's well-organized, easy-to-follow narrative summarizes the history of the movement integrating relevant and engaging portraits of the major figures. The friendly, conversational, measured voice of Amanda Dola holds the listener's attention as she describes the story of each suffragette heroine as she fought hard to secure the vote for women. This timely audiobook will supplement history units for older elementary and middle school students, both in school and for individual listening. Students, as well as some adults, will gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of the suffragette movement in U.S. history.
Reviewed by Susan Allison