The Woman's Hour by Elaine F. Weiss

The Woman's Hour

The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political victories in American history: the down and dirty campaign to get the last state to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote."Anyone interested in the history of our country's ongoing fight to put its founding values into practice--as well as those seeking the roots of current political fault lines--would be well-served by picking up The Woman's Hour." --Margot Lee Shetter...

Details The Woman's Hour

TitleThe Woman's Hour
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, History, Feminism, Politics, Womens, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews The Woman's Hour

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss follows a handful of brave women who fought for the right to vote with cameos from Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt. The narrative presented primarily takes place in Nashville, August 1920. By this time only one more state is required for ratification of the nineteenth a...
  • Karen
    I received this from in exchange for a review. Wow, every time we walk into a polling booth we should be remembering these ladies and the battle they fought for our right to vote!4☆
  • Mary
    Elaine Weiss does a commendable job of writing about the last big battle before the ratification granting women the right to vote. The book reads like fiction and definitely helped me better understand both the Suffragettes and the "Antis'. There were so many different issues and players in this fight for ratification. It was amazing that it was passed and a true testament to the will and drive the Suffragettes had.Carl Sagan once said, "You have...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Highlighting the power of women's fight for equality in a single summer, this brilliant and timely narrative nonfiction is a wake up call. By looking back on our struggles, can we truly understand hidden and undervalued lessons gained that we take for granted today. Weiss' voice is not only readable but empowering as Daniel James Brown (Boys in the Boat) but as fascinating for both men and women to read. Plus we could take a page from their power...
  • Linh
    This is truly excellent. I will never again believe that women were "given" the vote. They fought tooth and nail to get the enfranchisement. This is something that every woman should read.
  • Shel
    Thank you to NetGalley and Viking for an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. Typically, anything non-fiction is not my jam BUT I kept hearing about this book and considering the plight of US women in 2017 I thought it was fitting to read it (and during Women’s History Month!). This book is not a “quick weekend read” by any means. There is a lot of information to take in and there were times where it was very overwhelming but w...
  • Amber Spencer
    I believe I will think back on this book and the hundreds of women who gave much, and sometimes everything, every time I enter a voting booth. In just a short time, I am amazed that these women and their decades-long fight for the right to vote is something I have never really heard much about. To these women, and all those who today fight for what they believe in, I give my heart-felt thanks and love. Even though we may have different views abou...
  • Rachel Rooney
    A good nonfiction book about the fight to get Tennessee to ratify the 19th amendment. 36 states were needed for the amendment to become law and only 35 states had ratified so far. A handful of states had voted down the amendment. This is a compelling pageturner in Weiss's hands.
  • Lisa Wright
    Over the course of two steamy weeks in August 1920, hoards of suffragists, anti-suffragists, lobbyists and lawmakers descended on Nashville, Tennessee in a fight to the finish to make Tennessee the thirty-sixth and final state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. This was the final chance and both sides would do whatever it took to win-bullying, bribery, blackmail, and even kidnapping. I was on the edge of my seat. I...
  • Jayne
    Given this ARC by Westwinds Bookshop, Duxbury, MAInteresting account of a period in US History I am unfamiliar with. I do hope the final version comes with a list of major players and their affiliations...that would help tremendously.Saddened to read how the Suffs were held hostage to beliefs and ideals of the time and had to water down their goals in order to achieve legitimacy. The whole race issue is just shameful.
  • Leslie Goddard
    From the cover, you'd never know this was a book about the battle for final ratification of the 19th amendment in Tennessee. That was my first big turn-off. It always and immediately turns me off when book publishers obfuscate about a book's actual content.I was prepared, however, to give Weiss a pass since this is such an important topic. However, reading the book, I felt a lot of deja vu. It seemed like I was just reading the same stories -- ye...
  • Liz
    3.5 stars. This book was wonderful, thought-provoking and very distressing at the same time.Due to the way the account of the fight to achieve the right to vote in Tennessee, the 36th state neccessary for the 19th amendment to become state law, was constructed, it felt like a very interesting fiction book to me, even though this book actually talks about real-life.There were so many fights neccessary to achieve this thing we take for granted nowa...
  • Linda
    Well, I certainly learned a great deal reading this book. I really would like to have given it 3 1/2 stars. It was packed with so much information about the suffragette movement and the 72 years of struggle to gain the passage of the 19th Amendment. The organization of the book often left me struggling to remember who was who. There are so many major players, both women in the movement, those against the movement, and the all the politicians invo...
  • Deirdre LaRock
    Summer of 1920, Nashville. The 19th Amendment is perilously close to passing, or to failing. If it fails here, women's suffrage is over for a long time. The chances to pass are few. There is a large contingent of women pressuring the legislature to pass it. There is an equally large group of women against passage. The states' rights argument is revived. It is an interesting read. But, it is also a read that will make you want to scream. We know h...
  • Krista
    A triumphant story, ably told. I was on the edge of my seat while reading, even though there was no mystery as to the ending. I appreciate how Weiss didn’t shy away from calling out the racist tactics used by both sides of the suffrage debate.
  • Nancy
    Read this likely never learned all of this in American History.
  • Allison
    More like 4.5 stars. It was entertaining, nail-biting, informative, and relevant. Full review to come.
    An interesting account The story of the final push to ratify the 19 amendment is full of the drama of the era and truths still that ring out today.