Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

The 19th Amendment, which secured for women the right to vote in the United States, was passed in the House of Representatives and Congress 100 years ago. The amendment capped a decades-long women’s suffrage movement by activists, many of whom have gone unheralded in history books. One of those overlooked women is the subject of a new book, The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson (Wayne State University Press, 2019), edited by Boston College Associate Professor of the Practice of English Lori Harrison-Kahan. Michelson (1870–1942) broke gender barriers as a reporter and columnist, writing about crime, politics, and women’s suffrage for the San Francisco Call and San Francisco Bulletin. Harrison-Kahan’s volume is the first collection of newspaper articles and fiction written by Michelson. It features an introduction by Harrison-Kahan and a foreword by Michelson’s great-great niece Joan Michelson. The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson was featured in a recent Saturday Evening Post article.  Harrison-Kahan will participate in a panel discussion on “Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage” at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on June 24.

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