Today is a day women got to see their efforts change the United States. On June 4, 1919, the United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment allowing women to vote. After years of rallies, petitions, and letters, women finally saw how their hard work could change the world.
To celebrate our role models, here are four historical fiction books about strong women fighting for their voting rights in the twentieth century.
The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
Set decades apart, The Lion’ of Fifth Avenue tells the story of a woman and her granddaughter eighty years later. In 1913, Laura Lyon was a happily married wife of the New York Public Library’s Superintendent with two children, but decided she wanted more so she enrolled into a journalism class at Columbia. While taking classes and exploring the city, Laura discovers the all-women Heterodoxy Club. They share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women’s rights. But as books are starting the go missing at the library, Laura sees her priorities being questioned.
Eighty years later, Laura’s granddaughter, Sadie begins to see something similar happening while curating at the library. Sadie begins to dig up the truth about what happened all those years ago to her family and the library.
Saving Savannah by Tonya Bolden
As the daughter of an upper class African American family Savannah is lucky. But coming of age in the early 1900s has its own challenges. As Savannah begins to feel suffocated by the country’s structure, she meets Nell who introduces her to the suffragette and socialist movements, inspiring Savannah to fight for change.
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
Three teens make their mark in history as they march in the women’s suffrage movement. Evelyn will never be allowed to go to a university like her brother but is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart. Angry, she joins the suffragettes and vows to pay the ultimate price for women’s freedom.
May, like her fellow suffragettes, refuses to enact violence. When she meets Nell, a kindred spirit who grew up in hardship, they begin to fall in love and dream of a world where any woman can fit in. But as war looms over them, how much are May, Nell, and Evelyn willing to lose?
Stories from Suffragette City edited by M.J. Rose and Fiona Davis
A collection of short stories all set on October 23, 1915 when over one million women marched for their right to vote in New York City. Each author tells the story of a woman who could have been a part of the march in October 1915. Some of the authors include Lisa Wingate, Kristin Hannah, Dolen Perkin-Valdez, and Christina Baker Kline.
There are so many beautiful stories leading up to and about the 19th Amendment, today would be a great day to start one to celebrate the women who changed history, so that we could have a say in our world today.
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