For the longest time, I’ve had an obsession with women’s history from the 1800s. I think it started with a paper I had to write for an American History class way back in college when I found a book buried deep in the stacks of the library that gave a first-hand account of women sharing their daily lives.
I didn’t want to ever give that book back and I think the library had to call my dorm room a few times before I gave in and returned it.
It’s amazing, the transformation that took place from the early 1800s through the end of that century, the changes in the way women were viewed and the way they viewed themselves, all leading up to the women’s suffrage movement.
Amelia Cooke is a female lobbyist who is working for the National Women’s Suffrage Association to help pass a constitutional amendment granting women’s voting rights in the 1887 Congress.
It’s a fascinating look at what it might have been like when women were fighting for their right to vote. The views of those who opposed the amendment, those who supported it, and those who didn’t know what to think. Mulligan manages to convey this through her storytelling (don’t think you’re just reading a history text- this is an engaging story) and especially with Amelia’s adversary Edward Stillman.
At one point, Stillman ponders “Freedom wasn’t in having the vote. Making choices and forging paths were taxing, and Stillman wondered why women wanted the burden.”
Since we’re in an election year, particularly this election, having to vote, to make a choice, can seem like a burden.
But it’s also a freedom we enjoy and it’s one we should exercise. Remember the Ladies is a good reminder of the fight the women before us had to give us a voice.
Remember the Ladies comes out today, May 18. (Only $3.99 on kindle as of this posting)
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