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The National Woman's Party and East City Bookshop are proud to present Elaine Weiss, author The Woman's Hour, for the May 2018 Centennial Book Talk.
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. This historic centennial offers an opportunity commemorate a milestone of democracy and explore its relevance to contemporary issues of equal rights. Beginning in May 2018 and continuing through August 2020, the NWP will offer a bi-monthly Centennial Book Talk Series, in partnership with East City Bookshop, with authors whose work highlights the important, current scholarship and research into the history of women’s voting rights and women’s equality today.
"Remarkably entertaining ... a timely examination of a shining moment in the ongoing fight to achieve a more perfect union."-- Publishers Weekly, Starred and Boxed Review
"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 Elaine Weiss's The Woman's Hour. By focusing in on the final battle in the war to win women the right to vote, told from the point of view of its foot soldiers, Weiss humanizes both the women working in favor of the amendment and those working against it, exposing all their convictions, tactics, and flaws. She never shies away from the complicating issue of race; the frequent conflict and occasional sabotage that occurred between women's suffrage activists and the leaders of the nascent civil rights movement make for some of the most fascinating material in the book."
--Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hidden Figures
Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer. Her magazine feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her by-line has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. She has been a frequent correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.
Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize “Editor’s Choice” award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow. Her first book, Fruits of Victory:The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide.