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Women’s Suffrage and New York City: A Centennial Celebration – Bronx Historical Society and the Woodlawn Conservancy and Cemetery – May 20, 2018

For once I got to round up all my usual suspects—Nellie Bly, Fannie Hurst, and the society dames and suffragents. continue reading

“Fake News, Real News, and Failing Upward at the New York Times” – the Times’s Jim Rutenberg – Tom Twomey Series – East Hampton Library

“Jim talked about the New York Times in the era of Trump/MeToo/NDAs/Catch and Kill/the future of news and so much more.” continue reading

The Suffragents do St. George’s School and the Resort Suffrage Seat of Well-Heeled Women’s Activism in the 1910s

“Alva did not come from money, so it must be said that the very significant resources and financial help she gave the moment came courtesy of the two men she married, the one she divorced and the one who died.”. continue reading

Nassau County Historical Society – The Suffragents – April 22, 2018 – Jericho Library

“At least one of the suffragents had a Nassau County, Long Island connection. James Lees Laidlaw, who had a country home in Sands Point, was the president of the state and national Men’s League for Woman Suffrage.” continue reading

A 2018 Independent Publisher Gold Medal for The Suffragents-US-History-Category

“GOLD: Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, by Brooke Kroeger (SUNY Press)” continue reading

The Village Voice: “Nell Scovell Thinks More Men Should Be Leading the Women’s Movement” By Lara Zarum, March 29, 2018

“. . . called The Suffragents, and it’s about how men, mostly husbands of the women in the suffrage movement, worked to help get women the vote. It’s about equality. They’re part of the equation.”.” continue reading

League of Women Voters of Westchester County: Champagne Fundraiser Rescheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2018

” . . . Many of us know the story of the suffragists in New York and the nation, but have not heard about the essential support they received from influential men who organized for the movement. It’s time to celebrate them also.” continue reading

Degrees of Separation in “A Woman’s Place” – The March 25, 2018 New York Times Sunday Book Review

March 24, 2018   My friend Nell Scovell has a new book out about the triumphs and travails of her life so far as a woman who writes TV comedy. Have you seen it?     The March 25, 2018 … continue reading

Meet the Author But Better Yet Meet UN HeforShe Global Chief Elizabeth Nyamamaro – UN Bookshop – March 20, 2018

The opposition to involving men in a perceived women’s issue sounded very familiar—much like the reaction I received to the proposal for the Suffragents.(“Who cares what the men did?”) At UN Women, it was something like, “Why involve the men? This is a women’s issue.”

“I don’t have a way to verify this, but I’d conjecture with some confidence that if those conversations were being held now, in the midst of the surge of interest in women’s equality brought on by #MeToo, HeforShe and the Suffragents would be eliciting a very different reaction.” continue reading

The New York Times Book Review: New & Noteworthy, March 25, 2018

“[Bly’s] writing could flirt both with tedium and turgidity. Some stories seemed more truthy than truthful. But what stories!” continue reading

Timeline: The Little-Known Story of the Men Who Fought for Women’s Votes

“From a contemporary standpoint, it is remarkable to consider that 100 years ago, these prominent men not only gave their names to the cause of women’s rights or called in the odd favor, but invested in the fight.” continue reading

Keynote for the Joint Journalism and Communications Historians Conference – NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute – 10 March 2018

  INTO THE FRAY, SUFFRAGE AND THE (MALE) EDITORIAL ELITE Joint Journalism and Communications Historians Conference – NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute – New York City – 10 March 2018       It was an honor to be … continue reading

Decision Women meet the Suffragents at the Carnival Restaurant in Port Jefferson – March 6, 2018

“They formed the organization locally, back in the 1970s, in response to Rotary International’s policy at the time. It excluded women from membership—and continued to do so until 1987— but did offer a subordinate role, not as Rotarians but as “Rotary Anns.” It struck me how different this proffered role as auxiliaries was from the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which was subordinate to the main women’s suffrage organizations, to be sure, but in no way denigrating” continue reading

Zocalo Public Square: How The Suffragists Used a Few Good Men to Help Get the Vote – Brooke Kroeger

Only Eastman pondered the emotional forces that had been at play for him. “There was nothing harder for a man with my mamma’s-boy complex to do than stand up and be counted as a ‘male suffragette,’” he later wrote. Such passionate engagement with a women’s cause not only signified an assertion of his manhood, he explained, “but that I had passed beyond the need for asserting it.” continue reading

unCOMMON Salon at NYU’s Bobst Library – “That Time When Men Really Stood Up for a Women’s Cause”

“they embraced the perceived emasculaton of the pejorative ‘suffrage husband’ and transformed it into a title of distinction.” continue reading

The Suffragents at the Greater Astoria Historical Society in Long Island City

His son, Robert Gilbert, of Flushing, was a major architect, designer of Leavenworth Prison, the Masonic Temple in Washington, D.C., and other public and semi-public buildings across the country. He died at age 49, but not before taking his life on an interesting turn. He established the first known men’s rights group… continue reading

New York Times: New Yorkers and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

What’s indisputable is the spectrum of men who joined with the coalition of rural, immigrant, black and radical women who were at the forefront of the movement.

“Professor Kroeger’s prodigiously researched book traces the role of men (who provided credibility to a movement financed by wealthy women) at least as far back as 1875, when Thomas Paine’s essay, “An Occasional Letter on the Female Sex,” was published.” continue reading

New York Times NY via Youtube: “New Yorkers and the Women’s Suffrage Movement”

“The Times had repeatedly editorialized that letting women vote would “derange” the social and political structure.” continue reading

New York Daily News Guest Columnist: Women’s Partners in Making History: The Men Who Help Power Progress

“All of this should remind us that the flip-side of outrage or protest is a vision of what should exist in its stead. An important lesson of suffrage is that men’s support, both in and outside legislatures, is essential to correcting the gender inequalities that still fester. As Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, put it this summer, ‘Men have to endorse the project as much as women.'” continue reading

Kirkus Features: Brooke Kroeger, Author of The Suffragents

“Quite a few editors did not like this idea,” she says. “Responses came back like, ‘I’d like to work with Brooke but never about this.’ I’m not kidding. Or, ‘Who cares what the men did?’ That was pretty typical.” continue reading

Kirkus Reviews: The Suffragents

“A vigorous, readable revisitation of the events of a century and more ago but with plenty of subtle lessons in the book for modern-day civil rights activists, too.” continue reading

“Wise vs. Silverman, or New York’s Historic Women’s Suffrage Rabbinical Smack-Down” – Tablet Magazine

“Part of the little-known women’s history that is men’s history, too. As civic-minded New Yorkers, as major religious leaders . . . became key figures on opposing sides.” continue reading

“You Got to Have Friends” Episode 104 of Unorthodox, the Tablet magazine podcast: Brooke Kroeger on the Men Behind Women’s Suffrage

“This episode is brought to you by the letter A, for ally.” continue reading

BillMoyers.com-“Men’s Rights? Simple: Same as Ours” – Lynn Sherr

“Memo to misogynists: We’ve got way better role models with far saner outlooks. So let’s give them the respect they deserve.” continue reading

East Hampton Star: “A Few Good Men” Review of the Suffragents

“Ms. Kroeger, in true journalistic fashion, details the various conversations, correspondence, and setbacks of the campaign, as well as the eventual success the National American Woman Suffrage Association had in gaining the vote.” continue reading

The Gotham Center for New York City History: The Men Who Helped Women Get the Vote

“From a contemporary standpoint, it is remarkable to consider that one hundred years ago, these prominent men — highly respected and influential, their exploits chronicled regularly in the national media — not only gave their names to the cause of women’s rights or called in the odd favor, but rather invested in the fight.” continue reading

Gotham Center for New York City History: “When the Editorial Elite Threw Their Fedoras Into the Ring for Women’s Rights” – Brooke Kroeger

“These men of the press did not stay out of the fray. They stood up, spoke up, and acted up. They took sides to help right a wrong. They were prescient about the course history was poised to take, indeed, needed to take, and they helped history to take it.” continue reading

Gotham Center for New York City History: “When the Suffrage Movement Got Its Makeover On” by Brooke Kroeger

“Bly’s point was this: intellectual or not, for a woman, neglect of appearance is a weakness, not a strength. “And in working for a cause,” she went on, “I think it is wise to show the men that its influence does not make woman any the less attractive.” Even more to the point, she said, “Dress is a great weapon in the hands of a woman if rightly applied. It is a weapon men lack, so women should make the most of it. Why not use the powerful means of pretty clothes?” continue reading

US World War I Centennial Commission: Four Questions for Brooke Kroeger

“A remarkable new book has appeared on the World War I scene, one that traces the origins of the Women’s Suffrage movement in America, and it’s relationship to America’s war effort 100 years ago.” continue reading

Accademia Dei Sensi: Nellie Bly #Almanacco quotidiano, a cura di #MarioBattacchi

  http://www.accademiadeisensi.it/ GIOVEDÌ 25 GENNAIO 2018 #Almanacco quotidiano, a cura di #MarioBattacchi Buongiorno, oggi è il 25 gennaio. Il 25 gennaio 1890 Nellie Bly completa il suo giro del mondo in 72 giorni. A Washington, il Wall Street Journal l’ … continue reading

Smithsonian VIP : “The Men Who Marched With the Suffragents: From Rabbi Stephen S. Wise to W.E.B. DuBois, Men from All Walks of Life Fought to Get Women a Place at the Polls

“Was memory of these actions lost in the fullness of the next 20 to 50 years of their large lives? Or did the men deliberately downplay their role in the movement all good allies should? The latter would be consistent with the League’s comportment throughout the decade of its existence, but we’re left to wonder.” continue reading

American History Magazine: Nellie Bly: Crusading Troublemaker, February 2018

At Jersey City’s Pennsylvania Station, officials welcome Nellie Bly home after her record-breaking 72-day global journey. Nellie Bly: Crusading Troublemaker BY LIESL BRADNER FEBRUARY 2018 • AMERICAN HISTORY MAGAZINE Journalism took pioneering female reporter undercover and around the world in … continue reading

Jamais Sans Elle (France): Les Suffragents: ces hommes puissants, humbles allies du droit de vote des femmes

    8 Janvier 2018 Les Suffragents : ces hommes puissants, humbles alliés du droit de vote des femmes Les Suffragents : ces hommes puissants, humbles alliés du droit de vote des femmes On 8 janvier 2018 Il y a … continue reading

The Spirit and Our Town: Street Corners That Gave Women the Vote by Douglas Feiden

“Most of the great and wondrous ideas of the suffrage movement were either New York-born or New York-borne creations,” said New York University journalism professor Brooke Kroeger, the author of “The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote.” continue reading

The Suffragents Events Log: Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters” from the Road

You might well ask why I risked the inherent dopey-ness of  creating and sharing diary entries—real-time logs, digital scrapbooks—of the more than a score of all the suffrage-related events I’ve been part of since over the past three months or so, during the launch period of The Suffragents. There were reasons. continue reading

Brookhaven League of Women Voters at the Longwood Public Library – November 20, 2017

Back to Long Island for the fall finale of the Suffragents road show. This one, on November 20th, for the League of Women Voters of Brookhaven . . . continue reading

Researching New York Conference/SUNY Albany: “Out Front & In the Shadows” Plus Plus – November 17, 2017

“What delight to be in the company of such distinguished men who have chosen to focus their research in subject matter that is invariably the province of women scholars.” continue reading

Suffolk County Historical Society’s Book & Bottle Series: The Suffragents, November 16, 2017

There are two vitrines filled with ephemera representing Suffolk County’s best known suffragists, none of whom, as it happens, had “suffrage husbands.” The major Long Island figures were James Lees Laidlaw, Ward Melville, Norman De Rapelye Whitehouse, and Stephen Hewlett. continue reading

Newsday: Author Events on Long Island, week of Nov. 12, 2017

“Local and big-time writers sign their works on all corners of the Island.” continue reading

A Panel at CUNY Graduate Center for the Gotham Center for New York City History with Lauren Santangelo, Susan Goodier, Brooke Kroeger, Dawn Scibilia, and Peter-Christian Aigner, November 10, 2017

“a gestalt of just some of the highlights from the pro-suffrage arguments men made during the campaign – by profession.” continue reading

NYU Center for the Humanities: When Modern Men Became Feminists with Gail Collins, Christoph Irmscher and Brooke Kroeger

“If you engage in a cause as an ally, don’t try to set the tone,” says Christoph Irmscher, author of Max Eastman: A Life. continue reading

New York Magazine’s Bedford + Bowery: On Women’s Suffrage Centenary, Some Feminists Push for a Constitutional Convention

“Before then, the movement for women’s suffrage was mostly confined to western states; not until 1917 was there a successful referendum in New York. Its passage was contingent on male voters, after considerable activism from both women and male ‘suffragents.’” continue reading

Hudson River Valley Review: The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote

Kroeger relies on a comprehensive bibliography of sources on woman’s suffrage to credit these men without diminishing the lead role that women played in establishing the movement and directing the energy of supporters to maximize impact.      continue reading

To Albany for 2020: Commitment to the Vision at the New York State Museum “Votes for Women” Exhibition Opening and then to sign books in Rhinebeck at the historic Beekman Arms

November 4 and 5, 2017 A Suffrage-laden weekend in the Hudson Valley Saturday was the weekend’s main event so just a few highlights from a great day at the Cultural Education Center and New York State Museum at Empire Plaza … continue reading

Hudson Valley Chronogram: Holiday Book Signing with Local Arthurs at the Beekman Arms November 5, 2017

a rare convergence of top local authors including Jon Bowermaster, Nava Atlas, and Vern Benjamin. These Hudson Valley literary icons will be joined by other important authors like Leslie Sharpe (The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills), Stephen Silverman (The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America), and Brooke Kroeger (The Suffragents). continue reading

Northern Dutchess News: Bliss for Bibliophiles: Book It to the Beekman Arms This Sunday for a Holiday Signing Event

“With New York celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage in the state, NYU professor Brooke Kroeger puts in a timely appearance with ‘The Suffragents,’ the story of how and why a group of prominent, influential men from New York City and beyond came together to help women gain the right to vote.” continue reading

Poughkeepsie Journal: Meet Local Authors at Holiday Book Signing in Rhinebeck

“Bibliophiles and local history fans can start their holiday shopping early with an autographed book during the Holiday Book Signing this weekend.” continue reading

Hamptons.com: New York Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote: Suffrage Movement: Local Historians Make Sure Women Don’t Forget!

“Recognizing this momentous occasion has had many local historians, descendants, scholars and authors, including NYU Journalism Professor Brooke Kroeger, author of “The Suffragents: How Women Used Men To Get the Vote,” and Antonia Petrash and Arlene Hinkemeyer, offering lectures on local history and publishing new books.” continue reading

NYU Black Box Theater: “Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights” – Talk Back for the Steinhardt Program in Educational Theater

October 26, 2017 I wasn’t sure what it meant to be invited to do the “talk back” after a theatrical performance, so I had to ask. At a reception for my colleague, Ed Berenson, at NYU’s La Maison Française, I … continue reading

A Perfect Day at the Cemetery: Of Woodlawn, Suffragists Men and Women, Nellie Bly, Great Musicians, October 22, 2017

“We could start with the eeriness of being invited to speak at Woodlawn Cemetery and  Conservancy on my late mother’s birthday.” continue reading

The East Hampton Library’s Annual Tom Twomey Lecture in Local History Celebrates Long Island in the Suffrage Movement, October 19, 2017

New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, wearing his yellow “Votes for Women” sash, presented a proclamation in honor of the suffrage centennial. continue reading

From Pant(aloons) to Pussy Hats: About Strategy, Change, and the Power of Political Statement – A Panel at the American Journalism Historians Conference in Little Rock, October 14, 2017

“From Pant(aloons) to Pussyhats” examines ways that women have historically employed articles of clothing and manners of grooming as symbols in feminist campaigns for social change. Because these campaigns often employed media spectacle, their symbolism is of interest to media historians.” continue reading

Broadway World – NYU Steinhardt to Stage HEAR THEM ROAR to Commemorate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in NY – Talk Back by Brooke Kroeger October 26, 2017

“The Thursday, October 26 performance will feature a talk back after the show with Professor Burt Neuborne, who held the Inez Milholland Chair at NYU Law for the past ten years, and NYU Journalism Professor Brooke Kroeger, who wrote the recent book The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote.” continue reading

At the Fall Luncheon of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society – Sarabeth’s Park Avenue South – October 10, 2017

“This is the first time the audience included a high percentage of men.” continue reading

Fathers, Daughters and Feminism: Shades of John and Inez Milholland and That “Flighty” “Homewrecker” Mary Wollstonecraft

“Warm Debate at Quaint Club’s. Feast Over the Merits of Mary Wollstonecraft. SOME THOUGHT HER FLIGHTY. One Speaker Declares the Early Advocate of Women’s Rights was a Home-Wrecker.”  continue reading

October 10, 2017: The Suffragents Meet the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

“. . . the society’s development officer, Jen Davis, she asked us to record this Facebook Live promo for the NYG&B Facebook page. So we did.” continue reading

States News Service: “What Allies Could Learn from Suffragents Who Helped Women Get the Vote”

“I got chills when I read that line,” Kroeger reflects. “When else, before or since, have men ever behaved that way over a women’s issue?” continue reading

Meeting Harriet Backus Todd, Granddaughter of Two Suffrage Movement Greats

“The Harvard Crimson reports on the men who formed its campus Men’s League for Woman Suffrage. Read below about alumni who did the same.” continue reading

Full, Knowledgable House at the New York Society Library for “Remember the Ladies and Don’t Forget the Gentlemen” September 28, 2017 – with Video

Sharing the opportunity with Angela was especially fine. continue reading

Ivy League Faculty, Students and Alumni Filled the Men’s League Ranks

“…but according to a Washington Post Kaiser Family Foundation Poll in 2016, only 10 percent of American men identify as strong feminists, 23 percent consider themselves feminists and 50 percent do not identify as feminists at all.” continue reading

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The Suffragents won the  Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards competition.

National History Day contestants: Please read this.

Next up on the calendar in 2018:  June 14: Roosevelt Island Historical Society. July 7 East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (hosting with Sara Davison the garden author and expert Charlotte M. Frieze) : August 4: Shelter Island Historical Society2019: March 13: Scarsdale Woman’s Club

Read  reviews, notices and articles about The Suffragents (and previous books under their titles),  articles by BrookeFacebook posts, and  Brooke’s informal “Summer Camp Newsletters.