Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book List: Suggestions for Further Reading

A Commenter Asked for a Bibliography, a good summary of the topic and I thought, "Good Idea."

And then I thought wait a minute. I can't find a good over view in printed paper form. There are many biographies of women who were active in the fight for women's rights, a few autobiographies with overviews that are biased and/or dated and a few histories of specific ideas, countries and eras---

 But a good overview? I'll see what I can find.

I will be generating a reading list with links to books every week or two in the posts and as I do I'll add them to this post.

You can add to the book list in the comments to this post.

I'll start with a book mentioned in the post on Block 2. The topic: England and the imagery used by various groups at the height of the political activity a century ago.

Lisa Tickner. The Spectacle of Women: Imagery of the Suffrage Campaign 1907-1914. University of Chicago Press, 1988
Click on the Google Preview on that page.


Several of the women who led the campaign in the U.S. in the 19th century published
A History of Woman's Suffrage, a six-volume account from 1881 to 1922. Editors
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan Brownell Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Ida Husted Harper wrote from their perspective, ignoring rival groups and leaders, so the book is not an accurate overview.
You can read it online at Google Books
Here's the third volume:

The Pankhursts continue to dominate the public image of the British suffrage movement.
Read Emmeline's side of the fight here:
My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst
And Sylvia's here:
The Suffragette: The History of the Women’s Militant Suffrage Movement by Sylvia Pankhurst

A Subcategory of Writing About Humor as a Propaganda Tool
Read Gary L. Bunker's "The Art of Condescension," for an in-depth look at political cartoons and the 19th century women's movement.

The Catherine H. Palczewski Postcard Archive at the University of Northern Iowa here:

Another collection of anti-suffrage humor:

David M. Dinsmore's "How Suffragist Postcards Got Out the Vote" post on the MS Magazine blog.

See the 1974 BBC mini-series Shoulder to Shoulder about the Pankhursts.
Here are 2 short You Tube scenes
You can actually hear Sylvia Pankhurst discuss her mother in this 13 minute 1953 BBC program (There is no dish---just a polite summary):


  1. Great idea, thanks - I love book lists, and I'll be looking forward to your next suggestion!

  2. In France Simone de Beauvoir wrote in 1949 "Le Deuxième Sexe", a philosophical and historical essay about Women in the ages and in the world. This book struck me when I read it in my teenies!

  3. I think you're concentrating on the American movement, aren't you, with a tip of the hat to Britain? Global suffrage is a whole 'nother field -- in 2011 Saudi women were FINALLY granted the right to vote but not until 2015!

    I recommend "Women Won the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement" by Robert P. J. Cooney. The best-known documentary is "Iron-Jawed Angels."

    BUT did you know that a well-known quiltmaker/writer was very active in the suffrage movement? Read "Eliza Calvert Hall: Kentucky Writer and Suffragist" by Lynn Niedermeier.

  4. Thank you so much for these blocks, and another weekly project. I appreciate these so much!