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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. Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters” (with photos and often video) and Facebook posts from book-related appearances. Reviews, notices, and articles about her books under their titles here. National History Day contestants, please read this.
Next up: Scarsdale Women’s Club, March 13, 2019.