These series of essays reassess womens suffrage movements in an attempt to overcome historys unfortunately marginalized of the struggles for womens vote. Although most works focus on the United States, Europe, Australian and New Zealand, there are informative pieces from Japan and South America, and some non-Western references in the essay by Ellen Dubois on suffragist internationalism. What strikes the reader is the long, frustrating struggle of the womens efforts to achieve what should be considered a basic human right. The causes of resistance, of final successes, and the various tactics used by women of different economic, religious, and political contexts are explored, as is the tangible effect the right to vote had on womens lives.
This resource is particularly valuable given the recent granting of the right to vote to women in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq.