FF: American Women in Politics

By the next Femme Friday, America will have a new president. Hopefully. There is the possibility of shenanigans that would prevent the naming of a new president (like back in 2000 when the election went really bananas), but we will hopefully know who by then who will be the next person to sit in the Oval Office.

Now, I’m not one to try to persuade people either way, but I thought it would be the perfect time to share some books on women and politics in America.

America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines - Gail Collins  Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation - Cokie Roberts  The Narrative of Sojourner Truth - Sojourner Truth,Olive Gilbert  Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions - Gloria Steinem  A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country - Ilene Cooper

Women in the US have been active in improving our circumstances in the US since it’s inception. The above books talk about some of the movers and shakers in American politics from the Revolution to the second wave of feminism. Some of the books about the more recent rise of women in the political and feminist arenas have had more of a global emphasis than in the US specifically.

Some books on women and American politics that I still hope to read:

Women, Culture & Politics (Vintage) - Angela Y. Davis  Hard Choices - Hillary Rodham Clinton  Women And Politics: The Pursuit Of Equality - Lynne E. Ford  Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign - Katherine H. Adams,Michael L Keene

I really do need to get in and read some more about the suffrage movement, especially as we get closer to the centennial. This set is among those that I do plan to read by then, especially if we end up with HRC as president. It would be interesting to have a sitting female president during the centennial of the women’s right to vote in the US.

I’m terrified to see who the next week in politics goes, but I am looking forward to it all being over.

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