In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month in the United States, but March 2020 is extra special because we are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The road to suffrage was a long one though, and there were so many instrumental figures that helped fight for what became the 19th amendment. 

The following are twelve great books for readers of all ages to learn about the women who changed history and risked their lives in the process–all so we could head to the ballot boxes. For that, we thank them!

Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote

This specialized biography of Alice Paul and her pleas to President Wilson is an excellent, informational read!

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

This is a must-read account of all the players of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and its culmination. 

Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

If you’re like journalistic reporting, you’ll love this account of the suffrage movement and its key players. 

Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote 

After you read about the most famous players, learn about all the women of color and of different social classes who were so instrumental in the movement. 

What Is the Women’s Rights Movement?

Perfect for younger readers or adults who want a good summary, this book looks at women’s rights in a broad sense, but with an emphasis on suffrage. 

Women Win the Vote!: 19 for the 19th Amendment

For kids or adults alike, this book features nineteen heroes of the movement in stunning illustration and easy to digest prose. 

Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Though not necessarily American, this novel really captures the international fight for women’s suffrage and introduces some new characters for female readers to love. 

Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists 

Private lives meet public personas in this biography of the major female figures of the suffrage movement. 

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote

This recent book looks at the “epic” story of women’s suffrage in a way that will make you excited for the activism of the future. 

Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote

This picture book by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand features some great stories about female heroes, for readers of all ages!

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote

This adorable picture book tells the story of Elizabth Cady Stanton with such grit and grace.

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles

Everyone will love this often untold story of a road trip to support the fight for suffrage.

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member