Stand Up, Speak Out! Author Talk

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Date(s) - Saturday, September 12, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Elaine Weiss is a Baltimore-based journalist and author, whose feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her byline, has appeared in many national publications, as well as in reports for National Public Radio. Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize “Editor’s Choice” award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow. Weiss’ most recent book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote (Viking/Penguin) has won critical acclaim.

This year marks the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting American women’s constitutional right to vote. One-hundred years later, it is primaries and women’s participation is just as critical to form our nation’s democracy.

Join Broward County Libraries in an online conversation with American journalist and author Elaine Weiss, as we discuss her latest book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.

“It is August of 1920 and thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state–Tennessee–is needed for women’s voting rights to be the law of the land. The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and 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 nation’s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, The Woman’s Hour is the gripping story of how America’s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.”

Stand Up, Speak Out – Community Conversations series is designed to help empower, give voice and inform marginalized members in our Broward County community, such as immigrants, cost-burdened and impoverished individuals, and members experiencing homelessness, by promoting civic engagement and participation of the democratic process.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration and additional information available HERE.