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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

Brooke’s “Reports 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

New York Evening Journal, March 3, 1913

Nellie Bly, a parade herald, and her coverage of the great 1913 Women’s Suffrage parade in Washington parade the day before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. continue reading

Toronto Star Pubic Editor:

When is undercover reporting justified? Did the ends justify the means in a Star reporter going undercover in a Toronto factory to learn about health and safety conditions for temp workers? continue reading

Q&A on the Suffragents with Anne Boyd Rioux of Non-Fiction Fans

“Breeze? Well, more of a wind tunnel. I’d use the term “invigorating slog” as the hunt for material always energizes me. I’m nerdy enough that it is my idea of fun.” continue reading

Podcast: Top of Mind with Julie Rose – “Taking a Cue from the Men Who Supported the Suffrage Movement”

In about a week at the United Nations in New York, ten heads of state, ten global CEOs and ten university presidents – all men – will gather to draw attention to women’s rights and empowerment. . . . If you wanted to be cheeky, you could call them ‘suffragents.’ continue reading

Scenes from the New York City Launch of The Suffragents on September 11, 2017 at the Corner Bookstore and Thereafter

It was a really good night. continue reading

Seems Some Ideas Behind the Men’s Rights Movement Had Already Surfaced a Century Ago

“For when my wife gets started, she has got Patrick Henry, Demosthenes, Henry Ward Beecher and William J. Bryan lashed to the mast and panting for breath.” continue reading

HeforShe: “The HeforShe Men of Days Past”

“While women worked tirelessly for their right to vote, male allies were able “to advance the suffragist cause in spheres women couldn’t otherwise have reached.” And Kroeger notes something equally important: they didn’t ask for any credit in doing it.” continue reading

HeforShe The Scoop: “The He for She Men of Days Past”

  September 2017 (last item) http://bit.ly/2gUpM7i Thank you, UN HeForShe for this perfectly phrased shout-out to The Suffragents! The paragraph highlights the many parallels between HeforShe and the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage of 100 years ago. Indeed, HeforShe is … continue reading

The Men of Suffrage in the Creation, Consolidation, and Conglomeration of “Greater Gotham,” 1898-1919

“Wallace does provide a good A-list of other important League members involved in the late 1909 founding of the organization and, even more significantly, in the city’s rapid-fire transformation into a grand metropolis.” continue reading

Suffrage and the Media: Q&A with Brooke Kroeger about “The Suffragents” by Alex Kane

AK: “You devote some ink to WEB Du Bois in your book, but he was not a member of the Men’s League. Why did you think he was important enough to warrant mention in the book when he wasn’t part of the league?” continue reading

Opzij Magazine (NL): HOE OOK MANNEN FEMINISME 1.0 EEN ZETJE GAVEN (How Men Also Gave Feminism 1.0 a Boost)


Futurity: These Powerful Men Were Humble Allies for Women’s Vote

September 5, 2017 By Eileen Reynolds via NYU These powerful men were humble allies for women’s 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 … continue reading

The Suffragents Launch – East Hampton Library (and party report), September 1, 2017

Have a look at this photo gallery from the evening. Folks seemed to have a lot of fun. continue reading

East Hampton Star, Sag Harbor Express, Suffragents and the Suffrage Rally Re-Enactment, August 31, 2017

[Updated September 8, 2017] August 31, 2017 I guess we got the attire right because both the East Hampton Star and Sag Harbor Express  carried photos on their front pages of Alex and me marching in the suffrage rally re-enactment … continue reading

When Direct Descendants (of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Harriot Stanton Blatch) Come to Call

“. . . more than 150 women and a few proud suffragents, almost all dressed in white, gathered on Main Street to re-enact a 1913 suffrage rally . . . ” continue reading

Andy Murray, Ashton Kutcher, now John Legend, Judge Jack Weinstein, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Can a 21st Century Men’s League Be Far Behind?

August 25, 2017 Given the recent pro-women’s equality declarations of Andy Murray (reminding reporters of the greatness of women tennis players Serena and Venus Williams), Ashton Kutcher (calling for equality for women in tech), John Legend (on feminism for men … continue reading

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Video, event summaries from recent talks in  Reports from the Road.

2021 Events: “The Branded Journalist: Nellie Bly Changes the Game.” [VIDEO of TALK] Ephemera Society of America, Jan. 14, 2020, 3pm. Nellie Bly: Pioneer of Investigative Journalism.” American Woman Writers National Museum, March 10, 2021, at noon. Empire State Center for the Book, March 18, 2021, 7pm.