The first hemispheric study to trace how women in the Americas obtained the right to vote, Women's Suffrage in the Americas pushes back against the misconception that women's movements originated in the United States. The volume brings Latin American voices to the forefront of English-language scholarship. Suffragists across the hemisphere worked together, formed collegial networks to support each other's work, and fostered advances toward women gaining the vote over time and space from one country to the next. The collection as a whole suggests several models by which women in the Americas gained the right to vote: through party politics; through decree, despite delays justified by women's supposed conservative politics; through conservative defense of traditional roles for women; and within the context of imperialism. However, until now historians have traditionally failed to view this common history through a hemispheric lens.
"Women's Suffrage in the Americas provides an outstanding analysis of the long and often drawn-out process of attaining women's suffrage in the western hemisphere. Due attention is given to the unevenness of the process, not only across the Americas but within each country with respect to which groups of women (and men) were excluded as suffrage was extended."--Carmen Diana Deere, coauthor of Empowering Women: Land and Property Rights in Latin America
"Women's Suffrage in the Americas is a collaborative project working to understand how women in the Americas obtained the suffrage. The result is a collection of essays that is rich in local histories and, placed in comparative context, offers thoughtful explanations for the different trajectories of women's suffrage across the Americas."--Susie S. Porter, author of From Angel to Office Worker: Middle-Class Identity and Female Consciousness in Mexico, 1890-1950