New York History Blog: The Suffragents

June 26, 2017

New Book On Role of Men in Suffrage Movement

Brooke Kroeger’s book, The Suffragents (SUNY Press, 2017) tells the story of how some of New York’s most powerful men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across thirty-five states.

Kroeger details the National American Woman Suffrage Association’s strategic decision to accept their organized help and then to deploy these influential new allies as suffrage foot soldiers, a role they accepted.

The League was led by such luminaries as Oswald Garrison Villard, John Dewey, Max Eastman, Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, and George Foster Peabody.  Members  worked the streets, the stage, the press, and the legislative and executive branches of government to help support the women’s demand.

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2020 Dates—Jan 30:  Iona College. February 4: Sagamore Hill. February 26: La Maison Française  of NYU. March 1: Pub Date Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, Brooke Kroeger, eds. March 27: Ephemera Society of America. March 30: Middle Tennessee State University. April 4: Avon-on-Sea Public Library, Avon CT May 5: Simons Foundation June 4-6:Métiers et professions des médias (XVIIIe-XXIe siècles),”  Université de Lausanne.