Alva Vanderbilt Belmont — inheritor of two great Gilded Age family fortunes — was bored. In her youth, she had conquered High Society, marrying a Vanderbilt and throwing an extravagant costume party that forced the haughty Old Money clan of Astors to accept the nouveau riche Vanderbilts. Then she coerced her daughter Consuelo to marry […]
Aug 29, 2017 · by Mark Klobas Johanna Neuman speaks with New Books in History about her new book Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right To Vote
She was the first social figure to endorse women’s suffrage, the first media celebrity to endorse a political cause in the still young 20th Century. Described by Town Topics as “the perfect specimen of willful, wistful beauty,” the dark-haired Katherine Duer Mackay was an only child of social prestige and class privilege. Schooled by […]
This is the first of a series of posts in the run up to Women’s Equality Day on Saturday from author and historian Johanna Neuman, about the women whose stories form the backbone of her new book, Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote. More than 500 women were […]
In the long history of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, there is a running debate about who made the difference. Was it Carrie Chapman Catt and her two million mainstream supporters, working methodically to pressure Congress by earning victories in the states? Or was it Alice Paul with her ragtag army of […]
Who led the historic fight for women’s right to vote — Democrats or Republicans? The Democratic National Committee’s current website suggests that “for more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights, health care, Social Security, workers’ rights and women’s rights.” As one Republican commentator pointed out, to suggest that Democrats […]
Much has been written lately about the meaning of Wonder Woman, from the portents of the film’s box office charms to the intentions of the cartoon’s original creator. In her book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Harvard political scientist Jill Lepore has an interesting take on William Moulton Marston. Moulton, as he signed […]
Historian Johanna Neuman talked about the evolution of and interactions between American and British suffrage movements. This interview took place at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.