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Finish the Fight

Updated: Mar 30, 2022

To celebrate Women’s History Month, I wanted to honor the many women who fought for the right to vote in the U.S. If you’re like me, you learned in middle school about Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton as leaders of the suffrage movement.

Finish the Fight by Veronica Chambers and her NY Times team, tells a more accurate and complete history of suffrage in the US that includes the contributions of Black, Asian, Latinx, Native American and Queer activists. It was startling how much I didn’t know about my own country and my own right to vote! From the Haudenosaunee women who always had political voice, to Ida B. Wells, who co-founded what would become the NAACP, and of course 16 year-old Mabel Ping-Hua Lee on her white horse (you’ll have to read it to understand), this book remembers some brilliant, rad women of our past.

Also worth a watch is the digital theater performance, Finish The Fight, geared towards an older audience. - SSL

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