To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, join us for a discussion of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Susan Ware.
"Looking beyond the national leadership of the suffrage movement, Susan Ware tells the inspiring story of nineteen dedicated women who carried the banner for the vote into communities across the nation, out of the spotlight, protesting, petitioning, and demonstrating for women's right to become full citizens.
For too long the history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the visionary adventures of a few iconic leaders, all white and native-born, who spearheaded a national movement. In this essential reconsideration, Susan Ware uncovers a much broader and more diverse history waiting to be told. Why They Marched is the inspiring story of the dedicated women--and occasionally men--who carried the banner in communities across the nation, out of the spotlight, protesting, petitioning, and demonstrating for the right to become full citizens."
The discussion will be led by Dr. Jane Simonsen, Professor of History at Augustana College. In addition to teaching a variety of history courses, Jane teaches in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Augustana. Her research interests include women and work in the U.S., Native American history, visual culture, and the American West.
A limited number of books are available on a first come basis. Contact the Information Desk at 563-344-4179 to reserve a copy. This discussion will take place online. Please register in order to receive an invitation and log-in information.
The 19th Amendment Centennial Book Discussion is supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.