Winning Suffrage in New York State
Cornell University Press
On Sale: September 15, 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
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Non-Fiction Memoir | Non-Fiction History | Non-Fiction Political
WOMEN WILL VOTE celebrates the 2017 centenary of women’s
right to full suffrage in New York State. Susan Goodier and
Karen Pastorello highlight the activism of rural, urban,
African American, Jewish, immigrant, and European American
women, as well as male suffragists, both upstate and
downstate, that led to the positive outcome of the 1917
referendum. Goodier and Pastorello argue that the popular
nature of the women’s suffrage movement in New York State
and the resounding success of the referendum at the polls
relaunched suffrage as a national issue. If women had failed
to gain the vote in New York, Goodier and Pastorello claim,
there is good reason to believe that the passage and
ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment would have been
WOMEN WILL VOTE makes clear how actions of New York’s
patchwork of suffrage advocates heralded a gigantic
political, social, and legal shift in the United States.
Readers will discover that although these groups did not
always collaborate, by working in their own ways toward the
goal of enfranchising women they essentially formed a
coalition. Together, they created a diverse social and
political movement that did not rely solely on the
motivating force of white elites and a leadership based in
New York City. Goodier and Pastorello convincingly argue
that the agitation and organization that led to New York
women’s victory in 1917 changed the course of American history.
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