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

September 7, 2017

Hoe ook mannen Feminisme 1.0 een zetje gaven

In English, with translation courtesy of Kasper van Laarhoven:

Men Gave Feminism 1.0 a Boost

The first feminist wave lasted from about 1848 to 1940 and started in the United States. The most important battle points were right for education, women’s suffrage and equal rights on the labor market. The women who chose the stage and climbed the barricades we know as ‘suffragettes.’ On September 1st, the book “The Suffragents” came out. And that is not a spelling mistake. The book sketches the history of the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage. Between 1909 and 1917 this movement of men grew from 150 members into the thousands, spread over 35 states. The participating men supported the women in their struggle, but that wasn’t appreciated right away. It took some time, but then the National American Woman Suffrage Association took the strategical decision to support the men – many of whom had high positions in society – as infantry in the struggle for women’s rights. When even men like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson committed, things took off quickly. The members of the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage worked the press, politics, justice and the executive parts of the American government.

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The following clip [the book trailer below] gives a fine picture of an almost forgotten history.


De eerste feministische golf duurde ongeveer van 1848 tot 1940 en begon in de Verenigde Staten. De belangrijkste strijdpunten waren het recht op onderwijs, vrouwenkiesrecht en gelijke rechten op de arbeidsmarkt. De vrouwen die het podium kozen en op de barricades gingen kennen we als de ‘suffragettes.’

Op 1 september j.l. verscheen in de Verenigde Staten het boek The suffragents. En dat is geen spelfout. Het boek schetst de geschiedenis van de Men’s League for Woman Suffrage. Tussen 1909 en 1917 groeide deze mannenbeweging van 150 leden uit tot vele duizenden, verspreid over 35 staten. De deelnemende mannen steunden de vrouwen in hun strijd maar dat werd niet vanaf dag één gewaardeerd. De National American Woman Suffrage Association deed er even over maar nam toen het strategische besluit de mannen, de meesten op goede maatschappelijke posities, ondersteunend als infanterie tot de strijd om de vrouwenrechten toe te laten. Toen zelfs mannen als Theodore Roosevelt en Woodrow Wilson zich committeerden ging het hard. De leden van Men’s League for Woman Suffrage bewerkten de pers, de politiek, de rechtspraak en de uitvoerende onderdelen van de Amerikaanse overheid. Te koop bij ondermeer Bol.com.

Het onderstaande filmpje geeft een heel aardig beeld van een bijna vergeten geschiedenis


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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 Events: September 23: Bentson Dean’s Lecture, College of Arts and Science, New York University. October 17: Suffragents Panel, National Archives, Washington DC.  [2020] 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).

Happened 2019: 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.