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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. Why, they ask, has women's struggle to achieve equal political power in the United States dragged on longer than the nearly seventy-five-year campaign for women's suffrage?

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.

A final section, "Looking Toward a New Century for Women in Politics," historicizes women's political engagement in the twenty-first century. Bringing this history up to the Women's March and the #MeToo movement, the collection assesses how far women have come—the diversity of women in Congress and who ran for president in 2020 would have been unimaginable in 1920—as well as the ongoing challenges of navigating a patriarchal political system rife with institutional barriers and a culture centered on a white masculine model of leadership.

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 (RIDGEWOOD, NJ) 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 (HOUSTON, TX) 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, University of South Carolina, author of Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics
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