February 7, 2006 How U.S. Women Won the Right to Vote to Be Discussed on March 3

National Women's History Month Program to Feature New Book By Robert Cooney

Press Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: The Center for the Book (202) 707-3552

Robert P. J. Cooney Jr. will talk about his new book, “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement: A Photographic and Documentary History,” at the Library of Congress at noon on Friday, March 3, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

A book signing will follow the illustrated presentation, which is part of the Books & Beyond author program organized and sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Library’s Women’s History Discussion Group is co-sponsoring the event. The program is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Written for a general audience, the 496-page “Winning the Vote” (American Graphic Press, 2005) explains how American women, from 1848 to 1920, worked for their political rights in each state as well as nationally. It blends more than 960 photographs and illustrations, many in full color, with profiles of 78 individual suffragists to describe the excitement of the multifaceted movement for women’s rights and the difficulties of the many suffrage campaigns. It has been published in cooperation with the National Women’s History Project, a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1980 to promote and celebrate the achievements of multicultural American women.

“The Center for the Book is pleased to host this presentation by Robert Cooney,” said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole. “As the publication in 2001 of the 456-page ‘American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women’s History and Culture in the United States’ demonstrates, the Library possesses one of the richest and most diverse collections on this topic in our country.”

Filmmaker Ken Burns called “Winning the Vote” a “wonderful chronicle of our country—the story of the brave and remarkable women who changed our nation.”

Cooney is a writer, editor and designer. The author of “The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States” (1977), he spent more than 12 years researching, compiling and writing “Winning the Vote.” His major resources included the Library of Congress, the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard University, the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., and the Bancroft Library at the University of California-Berkeley.

The Women’s History Discussion Group brings Library of Congress staff and patrons together to share information about the development and use of the Library’s women’s history collections. For further information, write to womenshistory@loc.gov.

Established in 1977 as a public-private partnership, the Center for the Book uses the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. For further information, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook.


PR 06-034
ISSN 0731-3527