“Ellen DuBois tells us the long drama of women’s fight for the vote, without privileging polite lobbying over radical disobedience—or vice versa. In so doing, she gives us the gift of a full range of tactics now, and also the understanding that failing to vote is a betrayal of our foremothers and ourselves.”
– Gloria Steinem
“This is a great American story, beautifully told. Ellen DuBois enables us to appreciate the drama of the long battle for women's suffrage and the heroism of many of its advocates, as well as the movement's imperfections. At a time when many of our constitutional rights are under assault, this is an especially relevant piece of our national history.”
– Eric Foner, author of The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution
"Compelling. . . . The complex circumstances of the suffrage fight are difficult to disentangle and judge fairly; DuBois, an academic trailblazer in women’s history, brings vast knowledge and insight to the task. This accessible new volume provides an indispensable resource as we celebrate the women’s suffrage centennial."
– Ellen Chesler, Ms. Magazine
“This book is a treasure! A wealth of material is gathered here on behalf of the stirring, seventy year struggle for the political enfranchisement of American women. Others have written about it before, but none as thrillingly, as freshly, and as comprehensively as does Ellen Dubois in this book. Suffrage deserves a permanent place on the ever-growing shelf of distinguished feminist history."
– Vivian Gornick
“The complex circumstances of the suffrage fight are difficult to disentangle and judge fairly; DuBois, an academic trailblazer in women’s history, brings vast knowledge and insight to the task. This accessible new volume provides an indispensable resource as we celebrate the women’s suffrage centennial.”
– Ellen Chesler, Ms. Magazine
"Ellen Carol DuBois has written a comprehensive history that deftly tackles intricate political complexities and conflicts and still somehow reads with nail-biting suspense."
– Clara Bingham, The Guardian
"Suffrage takes us along the troubled road to votes for women, guided by Ellen DuBois, one of the best historians of the movement. Getting to a woman's suffrage amendment in 1920 was no straight path, and DuBois courageously wades into the fraught politics of pro- and anti-suffrage, chronicles moments of hope and despair, and turns deep research into a page-turner of a saga. This is no simple story about heroes—DuBois is honest about how racism limited the movement's scope and its influence. Still, the women of Suffrage teach essential lessons for our own time about how vision, vigilance, and risk-taking have always been the life-blood of the nation's best ideals. Their work of ensuring women's equality, DuBois makes plain, is not yet done."
– Martha S. Jones, author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900.
“Suffrage reads like an exciting novel. Ellen DuBois presents her well-researched history of women’s long battle for the vote through superb story-telling, in which the major personalities in the struggle to enfranchise women come alive in all their complexity. Though we know the story will end in the victory of the 19th Amendment, Suffrage is a page-turner.”
– Lillian Faderman, author of Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers and The Gay Revolution
“[DuBois] delivers colorful portraits of the many heroines of American suffrage. . . . Comprehensive and thoroughly sourced.”
– Nancy Gilson, The Columbus Dispatch
“Comprehensive and well-paced. . . . DuBois rightly focuses on the colorful personalities that defined the distinct eras of suffragism, and effectively marshals a wealth of source material. This thorough, evenhanded presentation offers valuable lessons for readers interested in women’s rights and the history of progressive activism in America.”
– Publishers Weekly
"DuBois meticulously and vibrantly chronicles every phase of this arduous, complicated, cross-country battle. . . . [She] breaks through the dull casings that have calcified around the best-known suffragists, including Susan B. Anthony, and brings them forward as complex and compelling individuals."
"What is most provocative about this book, however, is how contemporary it feels. It’s shocking to read about women being arrested merely for picketing, or attacked while marching peacefully down Pennsylvania Avenue — but maybe not that shocking."
– Betty J. Cotter, The Providence Journal
"Timely and thorough, Dubois’ book analyzes the suffrage movement with passion and perspective, inspired by fervor for freedom."
– Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch