The Final Desperate Battle for Suffrage in Tennessee

The Final Desperate Battle for Suffrage in Tennessee

Photo of Carrie Chapman Catt speaking on an old fashioned candlestick phone. LOC Carrie Chapman Catt. Collections of the Library of Congress (https://www.loc.gov/item/94506343/)   NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ARTICLE The Final Desperate Battle for Suffrage in Tennessee...
99 Years After Women’s Suffrage, the Fight for the Vote Continues

99 Years After Women’s Suffrage, the Fight for the Vote Continues

BY ELAINE WEISS AUGUST 26, 2019 The observance of Women’s Equality Day on Monday marks the 99th anniversary of the day the 19th Amendment, extending the vote to women, entered the Constitution in 1920. These days, as the centennial year gets underway, I keep a Votes...
Wall Street Journal: Presidential Hush Money, Circa 1920

Wall Street Journal: Presidential Hush Money, Circa 1920

Warren G. Harding got elected partly by women exercising voting rights for the first time. They didn’t know about the affair that his party paid to cover up – or about his second mistress. by Elaine Weiss Published in The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2018 The...
The Daily Beast: The Radical Roots of Mother’s Day

The Daily Beast: The Radical Roots of Mother’s Day

Julia Ward Howe saw it as a day celebrating pacifism, and it later became a battleground where suffragists and anti-suffragists waged war over the proper role of mothers. by Elaine Weiss Published in The Daily Beast, May, 12, 2018 Photo illustration by Elizabeth...
Lapham’s Quarterly: Voices in Time – A Fight Against Suffrage

Lapham’s Quarterly: Voices in Time – A Fight Against Suffrage

The author of The Woman’s Hour finds a photo of a battle to freeze progress. By Elaine Weiss Published in Lapham’s Quarterly, Roundtable, April 26, 2018 I found this photo in the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville while conducting research for The...
The Raiment of Resistance in Lenny Letter

The Raiment of Resistance in Lenny Letter

By Elaine Weiss, published March 13, 2018 on lennyletter.com, illustration by Lisa Case. If women were going to be judged by their appearance — which they were then, just as they are now — then the suffragists wanted to shape their own image. Fashion statements can be...
New York Times Op-Ed: Women, Booze and the Vote

New York Times Op-Ed: Women, Booze and the Vote

New York Times Opinion by Elaine Weiss March 5, 2018 Jane Walker will take over her brother Johnny’s whiskey label this month — in honor of Women’s History Month, we’re told — a temporary rebranding that’s fueling comic riffs by Stephen Colbert and other cynical...