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The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss

Read by Tavia Gilbert and Elaine Weiss, with the recording produced by Penguin Audio.

Reviewed by Ryan Paul Winn

Elaine Weiss’s chronicle of Tennessee’s vote on woman suffrage captures the urgency of the summer of 1920. Weiss briskly chronicles the steps that brought the Susan B. Anthony Amendment to the doorstop of enactment and suffragists’ heroics in achieving ratification. Tavia Gilbert’s reading endows each character with a distinct voices befitting that person’s sentiments. The combination of the text’s triumphant conclusion and Gilbert’s performance makes for a riveting listen.

Ryan Paul Winn is a columnist and media critic who’s rarely without an audiobook or his earbuds. When not writing or teaching in the Liberal Studies department at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, he can be found researching overlooked history in local and national archives.