Background Reading

Background Reading on Suffrage and Contemporary Voter Suppression  |  PDF

This listing was assembled with help from various scholars and searches of the internet. It is in no way exhaustive or curated for particular purposes. It is intended as a helpful aid, and should be ignored by those fully aware of the literature they need for their own purposes.

Augustine-Adams, Kif. 2017. “Women’s Suffrage, the Anti-Chinese Campaigns, and Gendered Ideals in Sonora, Mexico 1917-1925” Hispanic American Historical Review 97, no. 2: 223-259.
Ault, A. (2019). How women got the vote is a far more complex story than textbooks reveal. Smithsonian Magazine.

Berman, Ari. 2015. Give us the ballot: The modern struggle for voting rights in America. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Brown, Tammy L. 2018, August. Celebrate women’s suffrage, but don’t whitewash the movement’s racism.

DuBois, Ellen. 1994. “Woman Suffrage around the World: Three Phases of Suffragist Internationalism.” In Suffrage and Beyond: International Feminist Perspectives, edited by Caroline Daley and Melanie Nolan, 252–276. New York: New York University Press.

DuBois, Ellen. 1998. “Woman Suffrage and the Left: An International Socialist-Feminist Perspective.” In Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights, edited by Ellen Carol DuBois, 252–282. New York: New York University Press.

DuBois, Ellen. 2000. “Woman Suffrage: The View from the Pacific” Pacific Historical Review 69, no. 4: 539-551.

Edwards, Louise and Mina Roces, eds. 2006. Women’s Suffrage in Asia: Gender, Nationalism and Democracy Routledge.

Fara, Patricia. 2018. A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Foote, Nicola. 2004. “Rethinking Race, Gender and Citizenship: Black West Indian Women in Costa Rica, c. 1920-1940,” Bulletin of Latin American Research, 23, no. 2: 198-212

Franzen, Trisha. 2014. Anna Howard Shaw: The work of woman suffrage. University of Illinois Press.

Gelman, Andrew. 2018. A new controversy erupts over whether voter identification laws suppress minority turnout.

Gilmore, G. 1996. Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the politics of white supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920. UNC Press.

Gordon, Ann et al., eds. 1997. African American Women and the Vote 1837 – 1965.Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

Grimmer, Justin, Eitan Hersh, Marc Meredith, Jonathan Mummolo, and Clayton Nall. 2018. “Obstacles to Estimating Voter ID Laws’ Effect on Turnout,” The Journal of Politics 80, no. 3: 1045-1051.

Grimshaw, Patricia. 2004. “Settler Anxieties, Indigenous Peoples, and Women’s Suffrage in the Colonies of Australia, New Zealand, and Hawai’i, 1888–1902,” in Women’s Suffrage in Asia: Gender, Nationalism, and Democracy, ed. Louise Edwards and Mina Roces. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 220–239.

Hahner, June E. 1990. Emancipating the Female Sex: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Brazil, 1850-1940. Durham: Duke University Press.

Hammond, Gregory. 2011. The Woman Suffrage Movement in Argentina from Roca to Perón. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Hajnal, Zoltan Nazita Lajevardi, and Lindsay Nielson. 2017. “Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes,” The Journal of Politics 79, no. 2: 363-379

Highton, Benjamin. 2017. “Voter identification laws and turnout in the United States.” Annual Review of Political Science 20:1, 149-167

Jiménez-Muñoz, Gladys. 1993. “Deconstructing Colonialist Discourses: Links between the Suffrage Movements in the United States and Puerto Rico,” Phoebe: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Theory, and Aesthetics 5, no. 1: 9-34.

Lapidus, Leonora. 2016, August. The women behind the 19th amendment had a grander vision than just the right to vote.

Lichtman, Allan J. 2018. The embattled vote in America: From the founding to the present. Harvard University Press.

Merino, Katherine. n.d. on the international history of U.S. women’s suffrage

Mickenberg, Julia. 2014, March. “Suffragettes and Soviets: American Feminists and the Specter of Revolutionary Russia.” Journal of American History 100, no.4: 1021–1051.

Newman, Louise. 1999. White Women’s Rights; The Racial Origins of Feminism in the US. Oxford University Press.

Onion, Rebecca. 2013. “Take the impossible ‘literacy’ test Louisiana gave Black voters in the 1960s.

Pernet, Corinne A. 2000. “Chilean feminists, the International Women’s Movement, and Suffrage, 1915-1950, Pacific Historical Review, 69:4.

Ramirez, F. O., Y. Soysal, and S. Shanahan. 1997. “The Changing Logic of Political Citizenship: Cross-National Acquisition of Women’s Suffrage Rights, 1890 to 1990,” American Sociological Review 62, no. 5.

Sibilla, M., Fiana Arbab, Afaf Humayun, Narmeed Shammami, and Alex Kaniaris. N.D. “Biographical sketch of Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Wilson Jackson.” In Biographical Database of Black Woman Suffragists.

Sneider, Allison L. 2008. Suffragists in an Imperial Age: U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929. New York: Oxford University Press.

Teele, Dawn. 2018. Forging the franchise: The political origins of the women’s vote. Princeton.

Terborg-Penn, Rosalyn.1998. African American women in the struggle for the vote, 1850-1920. \ Indiana University Press.

Terborg-Penn, Rosalyn. 1998. “Enfranchising Women of Color: Woman Suffragists as Agents of Imperialism,” in Nation, Empire, Colony: Historicizing Gender and Race, ed. Ruth Roach Pierson and Nupur Chaudhuri (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 41–56.

Tetrault, Lisa. 2014. The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898.

Tomasky, M. 2018. “Fighting to vote.” New York Review of Books (Nov. 8). Waldman, Michael. 2016. The Fight to Vote. Simon & Schuster.

Ware, Susan. 2019. “Why we need more biographies of suffragists.” OUP Blog.

Susan Ware, 2019. Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote. Harvard UP.

Weiss, Elaine. 2019. The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. Penguin.

Wolbrecht, Christine. 2016. Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage Through the New Deal. Cambridge.

Wolbrecht, Christine. 2020, forthcoming. A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage. Cambridge.

Yasatuke, Rumi. 2017. “Re-Franchising Women of Hawai’i, 1912–1920: The Politics of Gender, Sovereignty, Race, and Rank at the Crossroads of the Pacific.” In Gendering the Trans- Pacific World, edited by Catherine Ceniza Choy and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, 114–139. Leiden: Brill.