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The Vote

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The Vote

In the early summer of 1918 when American men are fighting in Europe Kate Brennan is in a cab on the way to Washington's Union station. A sheltered, upper-class college graduate, she is going home to resume a life she dreads. As the cab passes the White House, she sees a line of suffragists holding banners. The surly crowd gathered nearby suddenly surges forward and Kate dashes across the street to help. Police arrive. She and the suffragists are arrested. And without benefit of a lawyer or a trial, they are sentenced to fourteen days in the Occoquan Workhouse, a "model" prison in the Virginia countryside.

Galvanized by the experience, Kate becomes a passionate supporter of the National Woman's Party. Its leaders, Lucy Burns and Alice Paul teach her how to operate in the precarious and often dangerous world of hardball politics. She falls in love with a man who may or may not sympathize with her cause. As the vote nears, she is sent to Colorado to defeat one of her family's closest friends in his reelection bid for the Senate. She joins forces with Mary Daly, an intrepid union leader, and they put their lives on the line.

The Vote is the riveting story of women who face prison, ridicule, and the destruction of their private lives in the final (and almost-forgotten) battle for women's right to vote. Seen through the eyes of three remarkable women, The Vote is about courage and love and the value of personal integrity --- as timely as today's headlines.

The Vote
by Sybil Downing

  • Publication Date: September 15, 2006
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • ISBN-10: 0826338577
  • ISBN-13: 9780826338570