In Finding Dorothy, a young Maud Gage (future wife of Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz) describes growing up with an activist mother whose best friends were suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. While women’s rights and women’s voting rights are not the central story line of Finding Dorothy, author Elizabeth Letts makes it clear that Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz is full of smart, strong women who exhibit courage and compassion in speaking out against injustice.
It’s a fitting read for August 2020, which marks the 100th anniversary the passage of women’s voting rights. Tennessee was the 36th (and final) state to ratify the amendment in August 1920, followed by Congress’s ratification a week later. After decades of defiance and grass roots activism in the name of democracy, the work of Matilda Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and countless others finally paid off.
For more insights into the backstory of the 19th amendment and the individuals who made women’s voting rights their life’s work, check out these books (all available through Pinnacle):