“Roses for Radicals” and “Votes for Women”: Children’s Books on Suffrage
Susan Zimet. Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote. Viking, 2018; Winifred Conkling. Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot. Algonquin, 2018.
Era: Post-Suffrage Era | Media: Book-Non-Fiction, Cartoons
Susan Zimet’s Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote and Winifred Conkling’s Votes for Women: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot are two books for young readers who want to learn about the fight for suffrage in the United States.
The books use photos, cartoons, and text to illustrate how a group of activists banded together to convince America’s power structure to given women the right to vote.
In a New York Times review of both books, Lauren Duca writes that “the women who shaped the American narrative come to life [in the books] with refreshing attention to detail.”
Publisher’s Weekly wrote that Roses and Radicals is a “compact, composite portrait of the women who fought to secure voting rights for women” and is “accessible and relevant.”
Kirkus lauds Votes for Women as perhaps “the most comprehensive account for young readers about the founders, leaders, organizers, and opponents of the American suffragist movement.”