Suffrage Centennial Book Club
100 Years of Women Voting | 1920-2020
In honor of the 2020 Centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the Houston Public Library, the League of Women Voters and the University of Houston Friends of Women's Studies are launching a citywide Suffrage Centennial Book Club.
Houstonians of all ages across our city are invited to gather in their living rooms, coffee shops, libraries, and community centers, to read and discuss one book or film each month in 2020. These conversations will be generative, sharing ideas in real time about why voting matters.
Everyone is encouraged to review the list of books and films, and choose the materials for discussion over the course of the year, as an individual or as a group who want to reflect—on our history, on our present, and on where we want to be in 100 years.
The Suffrage Centennial Book Club reading and film list include books released for the centennial, historical texts, books about historical figures, and contemporary reflections on voting.
Reading List & Film Pairings
** Please note all programs and events have been suspended through the end of April.**
Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote by Susan Ware
(Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019). 360 pp.
Film: Seneca Falls (2019, Louise Vance)
Princess of the Hither Isles: A Black Suffragist’s Story from the Jim Crow South by Adele Logan Alexander
(Yale UP, 2019). 392 pp.
Film: Thirteenth (2016, Ava Duvernay)
Book Discussion: Princess of the Hither Isles: A Black Suffragist’s Story from the Jim Crow South by Adele Logan Alexander
Agent of Change: Adela Sloss-Vento, Mexican American Civil Rights Activist and Texas Feminist by Cynthia E. Orozco
(Austin: University of Texas Press, 2020). 272pp.
Film: Dolores (2018, Peter Bratt)
Cynthia Orozco book discussion, Thursday, March 26, 5:30-7pm, UH M.D. Anderson Library, in the Honors College Commons.
Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug by Leandra Ruth Zarnow
(Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2019). 464 pp.
Film: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014, Mary Dore)
The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency byEllen Fitzpatrick
(Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016). 336 pp.
Film: Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004, Shola Lynch)
The Invention of Wings by Sue Kidd Monk
(NY: Penguin, 2015). 384 pp.
Film: Rebel Hearts: The Grimke Sisters (1995, Betsy Newman)
Seneca Falls Inheritance by Miriam Grace Monfredo
(Create Space Independent Publishing, 2nd Ed, 2013). 332 pp.
Film: Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice (1989, William Greaves)
The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss
(Penguin Press, 2018). 432 pp.
Film: Iron-Jawed Angels (2004, Katja von Garner; starring Hilary Swank)
Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
(New York: Picador, 2019). 256 pp.
Film: Councilwoman (2018, Margo Guernsey)
Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Objects and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection by Jill Lepore
(Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 2019). 248 pp.
Film: Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012, Guevara-Flanagan & Edwards)
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
(New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019). 368 pp.
Film: Selma (2014, Ava Duvernay)
The Women’s Atlas by Joni Seager
(New York: Penguin Books, 2018). 208 pp.
Film: Forbidden Voices (2012, Barbara Miller)