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Brimstone, Booze and the Ballot revivifies suffragists' struggle

March 14, 2013 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Women’s Suffrage Movement sounds like ancient history, doesn’t it? When we try to imagine it, we picture sepia-toned images from the earliest days of photography showing genteel women covered discreetly from wrist to ankle in layers of ruffles, broad hats and buttoned-up shoes. But it wasn’t all that long ago that the right to vote was not a given for women, even in America. Prominent suffragist Alice Paul was still around to get involved in the unsuccessful campaign to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. When this correspondent’s grandmother reached voting age in 1919, ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was still a year away. How I wish that I’d thought to ask her about what that was like!
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