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Suffrage at 100

Women in American Politics since 1920

In the 2018 midterm elections, 102 women were elected to the House and 14 to the Senate—a record for both bodies. And yet nearly a century after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, the notion of congressional gender parity by 2020—a stated goal of the National Women's Political Caucus at the time of its founding in 1971—remains a distant ideal. In Suffrage at 100, Stacie Taranto and Leandra Zarnow bring together twenty-two scholars to take stock of women's engagement in electoral politics over the past one hundred years.

This is the first wide-ranging collection to historically examine women's full political engagement in and beyond electoral office since they gained a constitutional right to vote. The book explores why women's access to, and influence on, political power remains frustratingly uneven, particularly for women of color and queer women. Examining how women have acted collectively and individually, both within and outside of electoral and governmental channels, the book moves from the front lines of community organizing to the highest glass ceiling. Essays touch on

• labor and civil rights
• education
• environmentalism
• enfranchisement and voter suppression
• conservatism vs. liberalism
• indigeneity and transnationalism
• LGBTQ and personal politics
• Pan-Asian, Chicana, and black feminisms
• commemoration and public history
• and much more.

Contributors: Melissa Estes Blair, Eileen Boris, Marisela R. Chávez, Claire Delahaye, Nicole Eaton, Liette Gidlow, Holly Miowak Guise (Iñupiaq), Emily Suzanne Johnson, Dean J. Kotlowski, Monica L. Mercado, Johanna Neuman, Kathleen Banks Nutter, Katherine Parkin, Ellen G. Rafshoon, Bianca Rowlett, Sarah B. Rowley, Ana Stevenson, Barbara Winslow, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Nancy Beck Young

About the Authors

Stacie Taranto is an associate professor of history at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is the author of Kitchen Table Politics: Conservative Women and Family Values in New York. Leandra Zarnow is an assistant professor of history and affiliated faculty in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Houston. She is the author of Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug.

Endorsements

"Full of interesting and topically varied essays, this impressive book is a welcome start at remedying the serious neglect of women in political history."

- Marjorie J. Spruill, author of Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

"This insightful and wide-ranging collection highlights women's myriad contributions to modern political life since 1920 alongside women's ongoing challenges in their quest for full equality."

- Susan Ware, author of Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

"This is the book we need in 2020. For far too long, political history narratives have cast a white and male gaze on the field, relegating women to the sidelines of politics and history. This book shows the intellectual payoff and political necessity of reclaiming women's place in both."

- Kathryn Cramer Brownell, author of Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life

"Suffrage at 100 recognizes that no single story can tell the whole of women's rise to power. From battles for the Equal Rights Amendment and against Jim Crow to a woman at the head of the Democratic ticket, this cutting-edge team of researchers and storytellers brings today's tensions between gender and power into sharp and illuminating focus."

- Martha S. Jones, Johns Hopkins University, author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All
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