March 8, 2017
As women fought for the right to vote in the 19th and 20th centuries, they had some unexpected allies: A group of powerful men who joined the women’s suffrage movement. Together, they helped change the course of history.
Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Brooke Kroeger’s forthcoming book, “Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote,” reveals the untold story of the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, whose members acted as willing foot soldiers to advance the suffrage campaign. What started as 150 founding members in New York grew to a force of thousands across 35 states. These men worked behind the scenes advocating for women’s rights to legislative and executive branches of government, the press, and the public. Kroger details how National American Woman Suffrage Association accepted this offer of organized help, and how by working together, the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920.
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Upcoming events 2008: March 4: Westchester County League of Women Voters. March 10: Keynote, Joint Journalism & Communications Historians Conference, New York City. April 15: Nassau County and Farmingdale-Bethpage historical societies at the Farmingdale Public Library. June 14: Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
The Suffragents in the news: Reviews of the book . . . Notices and articles about the Suffragents . . . Brooke’s articles in various publications . . . Brooke’s “Summer Camp Newsletters,” the logs posted real-time over more than three months of Suffragents launch events . . . and the Suffragents on Facebook.