- US Edition
Votes for Women
An in-depth look at the American women who won the right for women to vote in the USA
Illustrated with photographs, this is the fascinating story of of the American women who fought for the right to vote, from the first meeting of a movement for women’s rights in 1848 until the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
World rights: Algonquin (2018)
Kirkus Best YA Non-Fiction of 2018
Horn Book Starred Review
“This is a fascinating account of the bumpy road to women’s suffrage in the U.S.… Conkling’s chronological narrative provides ample context for contemporary readers to fully appreciate the societal pressures nineteenth-century (white) women faced as they worked to organize and speak out for change at a time when “it was considered scandalous for women to speak in public.”…Conkling pays particular attention to how the paths of abolitionists and suffragists crossed and diverged along the way… Well-chosen black-and-white archival reproductions and photographs ably support the text, which makes excellent use of primary sources, including excerpts from letters and writings to bring key personalities to life.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Comprehensive . . . commanding and relevant.”
Starred review from Kirkus
“Spanning multiple centuries, this work may be the most comprehensive account for young readers about the founders, leaders, organizers, and opponents of the American suffragist movement . . . Almost a century after women’s right to vote was secured, Conkling delivers a tour de force—fairly neutral, at times infuriating, occasionally graphic, and reminiscent of disturbing news today.”
Winifred Conkling studied journalism in college and later worked as a writer and editor at various newspapers and magazines. She has written more than 30 non-fiction books for grown-ups and a number of highly regarded non-fiction books for young people, including SYLVIA AND AKI (covering a lesser-known story of educational segregation), PASSENGER ON THE PEARL (a story of slavery), RADIOACTIVE! (about female scientific pioneers), and VOTES FOR WOMEN (the story of female emancipation in the USA).
She has loved writing since third grade when she taught herself to type, and she went on to become a journalist and author of adult non-fiction books, rediscovering her love of children’s books when she became a mother. She has also taught reading to inmates at a maximum-security prison, run a marathon, spent the night in a dung hut with Samburu warriors, and volunteered with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India.
She lives in Northern Virginia and has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of the Fine Arts.
Visit her website at winifredconkling.com.