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National Archives Panel, Women Suffragists and the Men Who Supported Them: The Suffragents and Their Role in the Struggle for the Vote

The panel, moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director, Women and Politics Institute, American University School of Public Affairs, includes Brooke Kroeger, author of The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote,; Johanna Newman, author of Gilded Suffragists; Susan Ware, author of Why They Marched; and others. continue reading

NYU Bentson Deans Lecture “What We Can Learn About Allyship from ‘Suffragents’ Who Helped Women Get the Vote”

“What can those with visibility and influence do–beyond stating support for a particular movement–to combat injustice? Can those with power and privilege advance the interests of others–without hijacking or getting in the way of the efforts of the marginalized groups they mean to support?” continue reading

Documentary: The Nineteenth Amendment: A Woman’s Right to Vote

 

Let’s Rock the Cradle: Planning for 2020 Suffrage Centennials: The Suffragents

“Brooke Kroeger notes in her study of the men allies or suffragents that such public support by men of women’s concerns and issues is unprecedented in US history, then as well as now. This is something to consider today as the women’s movement is encountering road blocks in its struggle to put equal rights as a guarantee in the US Constitution. Where are the men supporters?” continue reading

Brainpickings by Maria Popova “Nellie Bly Makes the News”

“Kroeger — who was moved by a biographical sketch of Bly she read when she was ten, then decided to write the first thorough, accurate biography of this inspiring but underappreciated role model when her own daughter turned ten — captures the animating force of Bly’s uncommon character. . . ” continue reading

Washington Post: She Went Undercover to Expose Insane Asylum Horrors and Now Nellie Bly Is Getting Her Due

“Two days later, on Oct. 9, 1887, the New York World printed the first part of Bly’s two-part illustrated series on the front page of the Sunday feature section. The blaring headlines of the second installment enticed readers: “Inside the Madhouse,” “Nelly Bly’s Experience in the Blackwell’s Island Asylum,” “How the City’s Unfortunate Wards are Fed and Treated,” “The Terrors of Cold Baths and Cruel, Unsympathetic Nurses,” according to Kroeger’s book.” continue reading

“The 23-Year-Old Woman Who Pioneered Investigative Journalism” – The Atlantic

“Women had no status in journalism when she started working,” Brooke Kroeger, Bly’s biographer, says in the film. “They weren’t in the newsrooms … The only roles for women were as columnists writing about society, about gardens, about fashion, about food.” continue reading

The Suffragents at the Women’s National Republican Club, May 15, 2019

“Democrat, Republican, Socialist—political party played such an insignificant role in the involvement of men with the suffrage movement, it just didn’t come up in my research.” continue reading

American Journalism Special Issue: “Women’s Suffrage and the Media,” Spring 2019

No. 36, Issue 1 Spring 2019 American Journalism: A journal of media history Brooke Kroeger was the instigator of “Suffrage and the Media” the 2019 Special Issue of American Journalism, devoted to new research about the suffrage movement and its … continue reading

Judges, Lawyers & Women’s Suffrage: Recognizing the Men Who Stood With Women on the Front Lines

Here are the judges and attorneys involved in the Men’s League whom I highlighted: Louis Brandeis, David Brewer, William Jennings Bryan, Ben B. Lindsey, Byron S. Waite, William H. Wadhams, Charles L. Guy, Samuel Untermyer, Robert Elder, Herbert Warbasse, William DeFord, Frederick Howe, Swinburne Hale, Dudley Field Malone and George Gordon Battle. continue reading

With the League of Women Voters of Albany, SUNY Press at the Bethlehem Public Library

“Who cares what the men did?” My response: the women, then, and I would say now.  The decision to recruit men—elites in general—was smart social movement strategy. Men controlled every single avenue of power and influence in government, in society, in business and in the culture at large. Their willingness to organize and to engage, to share that influence, and power was  simply crucial to the victory to come. continue reading

Review in American Journalism of Deception for Journalism’s Sake: the Undercover Reporting Database

“Deception for Journalism’s Sake: A Database is a spectacular find for journalism historians. The database, maintained by Professor Brooke Kroeger in collaboration with New York University libraries, contains original articles by undercover reporters, showcasing two centuries’ worth of investigative reports. The work of journalists who worked in sweatshops, feigned insanity, and even visited so-called “witches” to expose misconduct has been captured and preserved . . . ” continue reading

Women’s Suffrage Centennial: As Maine Went—

“Deborah Knox Livingston, the state campaign manager, gave seven reasons: too little time to educate the public, the “natural prejudice” of the state’s residents toward anything new, no declared support from either the Democrats or the Republicans, light turnout, the militant suffragists protesting in Washington, and the opposition’s control of the “purchasable vote,” that is votes bought by favors or the offers of positions. She estimated that the antis controlled somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 of these votes, which made a significant impact.” continue reading

At the Scarsdale (NY) Woman’s Club, Talking Suffragents

March 13, 2019 What a delight to be back in Westchester to talk about The Suffragents. Last time was just shy of a year ago, for a March 25 address (Women’s History Month and all) to the  League of Women … continue reading

SuffrageCentennials.com: Book on Votes for Women “Suffragents” Raises Questions for Women Today

“Was their participation as ‘suffragents’ lost in recall because of the fullness of the subsequent twenty, thirty, forty, or fifty years in most of their lives? Or was the downplaying deliberate, a postchivalrous response to obscure their role in the great women’s epic, as good allies should; that certainly has been the effect. It would be consistent that the men preferred to be in the historical shadows…” continue reading

Maine and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage: About that 1917 Referendum Defeat

“So Maine had an active Men’s League, too. So many of the other Men’s League’s chapters across the country (35 states worth and New York especially), no doubt populated in large part by “suffrage husbands.” Prominent, influential, powerful ones. Whitehouse, for example, was a former state US Attorney.” continue reading

New York Society Library Blog: “Votes for Women!” February 1, 2019

“Brooke Kroeger gave engaging remarks about the suffrage movement and some of its striking personalities . . . and shared with us a wonderful summary, video, and commentary about the evening, the exhibition, and the history.” continue reading

Panel: Public Values in Conflict with Agribusiness Practices – UCLA School of Law – Saturday, February 23, 2019

UCLA February 23 Animal Law Conference Registration and Program For full information about the program, look here.  

Exhibition Opening Remarks: Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the 19th Amendment, New York Society Library

“So, this is to say that the right to vote is not some romantic notion.” continue reading

Washington Babylon: Undercover Reporting Is an Essential tool That We Will Use When Meritedh

“Now, in a fabulous bit of irony, my article about the unethical behavior of lobbying firms has become, for some in the media, a story about my ethics in reporting the story. The lobbyists have attacked the story and me personally, saying that it was unethical of me to misrepresent myself when I went to speak to them”. continue reading

Brains Out Podcast: The Scoop on Journalism – Prove it!

Nellie Bly is featured in this podcast for children, released 16 October 2018. https://www.brainson.org/shows/2018/10/16/the-scoop-on-journalism-prove-it-part-3    

Presenting “Suffrage and the Media” at the AJHA Conference in Salt Lake City, Oct. 4-6, 2018

Our panel in Salt Lake City, another milestone on the road to the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial from the team that produced the database Suffrage and the Media and is now in final edits for the special “Suffrage and the Media” issue of American Journalism: A Journal of Media History, to be published in Spring 2019. continue reading

Shelter Island Historical Society – August 4, 2018 – Havens Barn

The Milholland family, as in Inez’s and Vida’s, who I more readily associate with New York, Greenwich Village, and Ticonderoga, had a Shelter Island incarnation, too. continue reading

CHOICE Reviews – February 2018

“Meticulous” “Highly recommended.” continue reading

Nellie Bly: From Blackwell’s Island to Well Beyond – A lecture for the Roosevelt Island Historical Society at the New York Public Library, Roosevelt Island Branch.

“So I told her whole story in 45 minutes. Here’s the tape.” continue reading

A Gotham Center for New York History Series: Women’s Suffrage in New York”

A compilation of essays the Gotham Center for New York History published in the fall of 2017 as New York celebrated the centennial of granting the vote to women. continue reading

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, May 12, 2018

“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

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The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2018 Sally and Morris Lasky Prize, presented by the Center for Political History.  See Summer Camp Newsletters” and Facebook posts from book-related appearances. Reviews, notices, and articles about my books are under their titles here. My articles are here.

Upcoming 2019: October 17: Suffragents Panel, National Archives, Washington DC.

Upcoming 2020: January 30: Learning in Retirement Program at Iona College. March 27 Ephemera Society of America, 40th annual conference, Old Greenwich CT. June 4-6Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne (Switzerland).

Past 2019: September 23: January 29: Exhibition Opening Remarks: “Women Get the Vote: A Historic Look at the Nineteenth Amendment,“New York Society Library. February 23: Public Values in Conflict with Animal Agribusiness Practices,” UCLA Law School, Los Angeles.  March 13: The Suffragents,” Scarsdale Woman’s Club, Scarsdale NY. March 24: League of Women Voters, Albany County at the Bethlehem (NY) Public LibraryMarch 25:Judges, Lawyers, and Women’s Suffrage: Recognizing the Men Who Stood with Women on the Front Lines,” Gender Fairness Committee of the Third Judicial District, CLE, NY State Courts at SUNY Albany Law School, Albany NY. May 15: “The Republican Suffragents,” National Women’s Republican Club, New York City. August 7:  Panel, “From Emma Goldman to the Marketplace of Ideas: Marking the 100th Anniversary of Free Speech at the Supreme Court.” (page 40) AEJMC, Toronto. August 14: Webinar, National Park Service. September 23: Bentson Dean’s Lecture, College of Arts and Science, New York University.