How Women Won the Vote

How Women Won the Vote:

Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea

Author: Susan Campbell Bartoletti Illustrated by Ziyue Chen 2020 Age range: 8-12 2020 will mark the one-hundredth anniversary that women procured the right to vote. Bartoletti captures the events leading up to 1920 by starting in 1909 in London where two activists meet: Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. After protesting for the right to vote they traveled through England and Scotland to learn organizational and leadership skills that they took back to America to continue the fight for the right to vote this time on their own soil. Alice knew that to gain traction she had to think bold and to think big. Bartoletti has done exceptional research on the time period and it shows when telling the history of a parade in 1913 before Wilson was sworn in as president. Bartoletti takes us back in time with Alice Paul as the preparations begin for the march and as the parade begins on March 3rd. We learn of black suffragists and of their quest to be heard, and of Ida B Wells-Barnett’s attempt to march with the women from her state. We also discover how some men went to great lengths to suppress the suffragists attempt at marching. After the march the suffragists pushed on and even with a world war on the brink, the work continued. After the war President Wilson had a “change of heart” and put his support behind the women’s right to vote. It was up to the states now to ratify it with a yes. It all came down to one state: Tennessee with just a couple of votes to spare. Ziyue Chen’s illustrations are superlative in capturing this important time period. Her drawings along with the old photographs are remarkable and memorable. A Bookish Decree: A salient book that does justice to a notable time in our history

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