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Jad Adams’s new global history of women’s enfranchisement claims to be the “first major post-feminist” treatment of its subject. The female vote didn’t destabilise the political and social order, and once male politicians realised that, they were happy to concede it.
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How Women Got the Vote Is a Far More Complex Story Than the History Textbooks Reveal

It is also the first major post-feminist history of women's struggle for the vote. Controversially, Jad Adams rejects the widely accepted idea that success was primarily a result of the pressure group politics of the suffragists and their supporters.

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Ultimately, he argues, it was nationalism, not feminism, that was the most important factor in winning women the vote. Democracy before democracy.

The Rights of Man. Early British radicals. The rise of the middleclass campaigner.

Women's suffrage

Newfound rights in newfound lands. In with our women in the Western US. Many attacked the women in anger. The pageantry of the Woman Suffrage Procession—including a Joan of Arc on horseback and a gowned Columbia the allegorical symbol of the U. Wilson, however, was unmoved. The White House—and by extension, Wilson—became their primary target.

Women—wearing suffragist tri-colored sashes and holding banners— began picketing along the White House fence line. Action came quickly. In April , just days before the U.

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Anger at the suffragists hit a boiling point on July 4, , when police descended on the White House sidewalk and rounded up of the protesters. They were sent to a prison workhouse in Lorton, Virginia, and ordered to do hard labor. Burns, Paul, and others, however, demanded to be treated as political prisoners. They went on a hunger strike to protest their conditions; guards responded by force-feeding them, for three months.

Another group of suffragists was beaten and tortured by guards. The public began to have regrets. Some of the women received medals from the French military, but they were never recognized during the war or after by the American military. To this day, says Lemay, the only woman to be awarded the Medal of Honor is Mary Edwards Walker—and it was rescinded, but she refused to give it back. Finally, the federal suffrage amendment—the 19th Amendment—was approved in by Congress. It was then sent on to the states for ratification.

That month ratification battle ended when Tennessee became the 36th state to approve the amendment, in August Afterwards, a smiling Paul was captured raising a glass of champagne in front of a banner that kept track of the states ratifying the amendment. While the th anniversary of that achievement will be celebrated in , for many women, full voting rights did not come until decades later, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in Many states had found loopholes in the 19th Amendment that they believed allowed them to levy poll taxes or demand literacy tests from prospective voters—primarily African-Americans.

The law disproportionately had an impact on Native-Americans on tribal lands, where the required street addresses are not used. In Puerto Rico, literate women could not vote until ; universal voting became law three years later. Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color elected to the U. Much work remains to be done, she says.


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