The Future Was Female

A List of Books, Plays and Films to Illuminate Your Understanding of the Suffragist Movement

There's something for everyone.

By Staff August 18, 2020

Susan B. Anthony reading a book circa 1900.

Susan B. Anthony reading a book circa 1900.

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Suffragist Reading List

Courtesy of BookStore1 Sarasota and Georgia Court

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, by Elaine Weiss

Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, by Susan Ware

Alice Paul: Claiming Power, by J.D. Zahniser and Amelia R. Fry

Princess of the Hither Isles: A Black Suffragist’s Story from the Jim Crow South, by Adele Logan Alexander

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, edited by Kate Clarke LeMay

Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists, by Jean H. Baker

The Book of Gutsy Women, by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

The Women of the 116th Congress, forward by Roxanne Gay

For Young Readers

Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote, by Kirsten Gillibrand

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles, by Mara Rockliff, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Suffragist Plays

Press Cuttings by George Bernard Shaw, 1909

Miss Ida B. Wells by Endesha Ida Mae Holland, 1992

Her Naked Skin by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, 2008

The Sound of Breaking Glass by Sally Sheringham, 2009

19: The Musical, by Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradsha, 2017

Suffragist Films

A Militant Suffragette: 1913

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, 1999

Iron Jawed Angels, 2004

Suffragette, 2015

The Divine Order, 2017

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