Elaine Weiss

presents

The Woman's Hour:
The Great Fight to Win the Vote

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
14
Thursday
March 14, 2019
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning journalist and writer ELAINE WEISS for a discussion of her latest book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.

About The Woman's Hour

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of 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 moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel's, and the Bible. 

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

Praise

“At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box, and Elaine Weiss’s unforgettable book tells the story of the female leaders who—in the face of towering economic, racial, and political opposition—fought for and won American women's right to vote. Unfolding over six weeks in the summer of 1920, The Woman’s Hour is both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for everyone, young and old, male and female, in these perilous times.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Stirring, definitive, and engrossing . . . Weiss brings a lucid, lively, journalistic tone to the story . . . The Woman's Hour is compulsory reading.” —NPR.org

“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

Elaine Weiss
Elaine Weiss

Elaine Weiss

Elaine Weiss is a Baltimore-based journalist and author, whose feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her first book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great War was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span. Weiss' new book, The Woman's Hour, has won glowing reviews from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and NPR, among others. Steven Speilberg's Amblin production company has optioned the book for adaptation, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as Executive Producer.

Photo Credit: Nina Subin

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