“The Woman’s Hour:” The Fight for the 19th Amendment
As politicians fret these days about how to win female voters, and record numbers of women put themselves forth as candidates, it’s worth remembering that a century ago the big dispute was whether women should even have the right to vote. Suffragists persuaded some states to open the ballot to women, but by 1918 had turned their effort into amending the FEDERAL constitution, to cover the whole country.
Elaine Weiss has written "The Woman’s Hour," a fast-moving chronicle of the struggle among women’s advocates, corporate lobbyists and white supremacists.
She’s speaking about it several times this week -- lunch tomorrow at the Hamilton Street Club in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, dinner Thursday evening at the Johns Hopkins Club on the Homewood campus, and Saturday at the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City at the Church of the Holy Redeemer.