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THE HeForShe MEN OF DAYS PAST.
In a few short years, we’ll be coming upon the 100 year anniversary of women’s right to vote in the US (the 19th amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920). A new book looks at the men who mobilized on behalf of women to get us there. This article says The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote “reads almost as a manual for how people might sensitively approach allyship today.” Author Brooke Kroeger introduces the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage, which had grown to 150 members by 1911, with big names attached. She says, “These were names to knock your socks off. They were big-time financiers, paragons of academia, clergy—leaders in their fields who were running major operations of their own but also took the time to do this.” In May of that year, 89 of them marched down 5th Avenue in support of women’s right to vote. “They were met with jeers,” Kroeger says. “hold up your skirts, girls!”—from the crowd of 10,000 spectators.” 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.
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The Suffragents won the Gold Medal in US History in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards competition.
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Upcoming in 2018: April 22: Nassau County Historical Society at the Jericho Public Library. April 29: St. George’s School Women’s Leadership Group May 12: East Hampton Library’s Tom Twomey Series (interviewing NY Times media columnist, Jim Rutenberg) May 20: Women’s Suffrage and NYC: A Centennial Celebration Symposium: Bronx Historical Society and Woodlawn Cemetery 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 Society.