book cover for The Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

Join us this summer to read The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, in anticipation of the upcoming 100th anniversary of winning it.  

Read. Remember. Vote.

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And mark your calendar now for the finale event August 18 with author Elaine Weiss. Free tickets will be available August 4.

A Citywide Book Club

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We are so excited to share The Woman's Hour reading experience with all of Nashville. In her New York Times review, Curtis Sittenfeld, author of The American Wife, wrote: 

It’s probably inappropriate to evaluate a work of history on the basis of how many novels can be extracted from its pages; it’s also, if one is a novelist, irresistible. Which real-life situations and characters are so intriguing that they’d be worthy of delving into and depicting in the truly intimate manner that only fiction allows? By this measure — and by several others — The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, by the journalist Elaine Weiss, is a gold mine.

And this month, the American Bar Association selected Weiss’ book for a 2019 Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts. The award goes to “outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of the law and the legal system” and is the ABA’s highest honor in recognition of this purpose.

Be captivated by a great book. Come together as a community to talk about it and celebrate the local history surrounding women's right to vote.

From Book to Ballot

After we study our past, we’ll play our part in the future when Davidson County holds a major election August 1, 2019. Let's read together, vote together, and aim for 100% voter turnout. Be sure to register to vote by July 2.

From book to ballot. It’s a journey we think every Nashville reader and citizen should make this summer. But don’t take our word for it: listen to The Woman's Hour author, who said it best.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, America was still asking itself: should women have the right to vote? In August 1920, Tennessee’s decision would settle that question once and for all.

For six weeks, agitators on both sides brought their national struggle to Nashville. They used tricks, betrayals, and bribes … bourbon, bigotry, and the Bible.

In the end, the battle came down to one lawmaker who decided to vote according to his conscience.

Get the Whole Story Now

Check out a copy from your local library or buy one from Parnassus Books.


This citywide book club is a partnership of Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, and Parnassus Books in support of the Votes For Women Project, a permanent exhibit opening at the Main Library in 2020.

Read. Remember. Vote.

From Book, to Ballot.

People across Nashville are exercising their right to read and their right to vote this summer.

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