About the Ask a Suffragist Book Series

The first book in the Ask a Suffragist series, America’s First Feminists, will launch in Spring 2019.

Since the 2016 election and the Women’s March on Washington, the feminist movement has mobilized and expanded to engage everyday people—beyond the Gloria Steinems of the world. A new, more diverse generation of feminists is raising questions about how to effect change. Everyday people are taking a stand against endemic sexual harassment, protesting healthcare decisions made by all-male Congressional committees, and joining movements like Black Lives Matter that call attention to the intersection of feminism and racial justice. The  Ask a Suffragist book series will channel the wisdom of the first generations of American feminists as exemplars and advisors to inspire these new feminists to find solutions relevant to our modern world.

Internet savvy Millennials with lots of entertainment options, working mothers with scant time to invest in leisure reading, and feminist activists with urgent causes to support aren’t going to take the time to read a dull history textbook. Fortunately, American suffragists lived radical lives that were in no way boring. Instead of droning on like an encyclopedia entry about dates, meeting minutes, and genealogy charts, Ask a Suffragist will emphasize relationships, strategies, and activism. Each chapter will focus on how suffragists addressed challenges that activists worry about today, such as balancing work and personal life, choosing their battles, and coping with setbacks.

One recurring feature in the books will be the Ask a Suffragist advice column, in which modern questions are answered by real quotes from a variety of suffragists—many of whom disagreed with each other. Ask a Suffragist will celebrate diversity instead of neatly pointing readers into one right way of living, highlighting the stories of prominent suffragists as well as lesser-known suffragists from the Western states and suffragists of racial minority backgrounds. These diverse suffragists corresponded, cooperated and sometimes rivaled each other. Ask a Suffragist will examine how they navigated their complicated relationships, acknowledging the racism that plagued the suffrage movement and building awareness of the need for a more intersectional feminist movement today.

The first book in the Ask a Suffragist series, Stories and Wisdom from America’s First Feminists, will launch in Spring 2019.

Learn more about the first book in the series,  America’s First Feminists, and read the Q&A.

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series, host of the Religious Feminism Podcast and a writer for the Exponent II. For more information about April, see aprilyoungb.com

1 Response

  1. This series sounds great! I recently started learning about the woman suffrage movement and am amazed at everything I’ve been discovering. I can’t wait to read your book when it comes out!

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About the Ask a Suffragist Book Series