The International Suffragist
Historical, Women, Nonfiction, Biography / Memoir, Political
This book is the story about a leader in the cause, which one hundred years ago, gave American women the right to vote. Clara Colby was born in England, graduated as valedictorian of the first woman’s class at the University of Wisconsin and became a writer, publisher, teacher, public speaker and friend of many leading figures of her day. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the founders of the suffrage movement in America, became Clara Colby’s mentors. Her journey is an epic saga of untiring and heroic endeavor, sometimes under the most adverse circumstances, across the United States, and her native England. She suffered great injustice, but she never complained, and her accomplishments contributed significantly to the successful introduction of the Nineteenth Amendment. “When I learned about Clara’s life, I knew this had to be my next book,” explains the author, whose previous release, ‘Mission to China: How an Englishman Brought the West to the Orient’, was a biography of his great-great grandfather. “His name was Walter Medhurst and he was a famous missionary to China, most notable for his translation of the Bible into Chinese. Colby’s grandmother was Medhurst’s sister, so there’s a deeply personal connection to the subject matter.” “Her story stands out among all of those who so selflessly contributed to the suffrage movement. With the centenary of the Nineteenth Amendment, this book is extremely relevant to anyone who has an interest in politics, US history, women’s history or appreciates learning about a woman who would stop at nothing to do right by the people she represented.” ‘Clara Colby: The International Suffragist.'
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