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Publisher's Summary

The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. 

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. The opposing forces include politicians with careers at stake, liquor companies, railroad magnates, and a lot of racists who don't want black women voting. And then there are the "Antis" - women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the moral collapse of the nation. They all converge in a boiling hot summer for a vicious face-off replete with dirty tricks, betrayals and bribes, bigotry, Jack Daniel's, and the Bible. 

Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, along with appearances by Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Frederick Douglass, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great 20th-century battles for civil rights. 

©2018 Elaine Weiss (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Anyone interested in the history of our country's ongoing fight to put its founding values into practice - as well as those seeking the roots of current political fault lines - would be well-served by picking up The Woman's Hour." (Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the number-one New York Times best seller Hidden Figures)

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This book should be required reading/listening in all civics classes (what ones are left). Fantastic and illuminating story.

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Good book, poor choice of reader

The book itself is good, but I had to stop listening because the over-cutesy, little-girl delivery is a poor match for this book. Direct quotes from women's speeches are read in a mincing, exaggerated way that makes those women sound silly. It's ironic, in view of the topic, that women are still being rewarded for sounding like this.

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Too repetitive

Would you try another book from Elaine Weiss and/or Elaine Weiss and Tavia Gilbert ?

Yes

Would you ever listen to anything by Elaine Weiss again?

Yes

Which scene was your favorite?

The tid bits about the presidents

Was The Woman's Hour worth the listening time?

No, to repetitious. Could have cut the book and half.