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Our favorite collection of books and publications all about Women of Washington (WOW) State, with a special corner for materials on suffrage both locally and nationally.

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And check back frequently, we'll be adding more through 2020
 

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Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe

"What makes DeVoe's story particularly fascinating is that suffrage leaders, including Susan B. Anthrony, disapproved of DeVoe's insistence on a more feminine approach. Ross-Nazzal correctly notes that not only were suffragists critical of DeVoe's strategy but historians have been as well."―Sunu Kodumthara, Montana The Magazine of Western History, Spring 2012

Jennifer M. Ross-Nazzal

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Northwest Women: An Annotated Bibliography of Sources on the History of Oregon and Washington Women, 1787 - 1970

An annotated bibliography of some 700 nonfiction books and articles on the history of Pacific Northwest women, encompassing works on celebrated, anonymous, urban, and rural women of various ethnic backgrounds. Most of the sources cannot be found in bookstores, but can be obtained through inter-library loan offices at college and large public libraries. Includes b&w photos. Useful for researchers in history and women's studies. - Dr. Karen Blair

Dr. Karen Blair

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Peace Weavers: Uniting the Salish Coast Through Cross-Cultural Marraiges

Throughout the mid-1800s, Coast and Interior Salish families arranged strategic cross-cultural marriages, and these alliances played a crucial role in regional settlement and spared Puget Sound's upper corner from the tragic conflicts other regions experienced. Although accounts of the men exist in a variety of records, the contributions of their native wives remain unacknowledged. Each woman's story is uniquely her own, but together they and other intermarried women left lasting legacies. They were peace weavers.

Candace Wellman

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Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities

A companion work to the award-winning "Peace Weavers," "Interwoven Lives" depicts the experiences of four additional intermarried indigenous women who influenced mid-1800s Puget Sound settlement. 

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Women in Pacific Northwest History

"New insights into the lives of pioneer Japanese women, urban black women, and the women of the Colville Indian Reservation make the reading of this collection well worthwhile. A solid regional study."―Choice

Dr. Karen Blair

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Women's Votes, Women's Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights in Washington

Women's Votes, Women's Voices provides a comprehensive summary of the Washington woman suffrage movement and presents vignettes on many of the state's most active leaders, such as May Arkwright Hutton and Emma Smith DeVoe, along with numerous illustrations.

Shanna Stevenson

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Women to Reckon With: Untamed Women of the Olympic Wilderness

Biographies of 12 remarkable women of the Pacific Northwest

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Sowing Good Seeds: The Northwest Suffrage Campaigns of Susan B. Anthony

"Susan B. Anthony made three trips to the Pacific Northwest to stump for woman suffrage…G. Thomas Edwards has argued here for the importance of her efforts in winning Northwest women the right to vote, four decades after her initial campaign…With astonishing meticulousness, Edwards has compiled Anthony’s “reviews” from fifty-seven periodicals. He has pieced together a formidable study of her reception by editors and audiences of the Northwest."
- Dr. Karen Blair

G. Thomas Edwards

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Seattle in Black and White: The Congress of Racial Equity and The Fight for Equal Opportunity

"Four remarkable women helped reshape Seattle in the 1960s. And now they've given us a different perspective on the struggle for racial equality than we usually get. . . . Their history is not built around the usual outsized heroes, but the often-forgotten people who made the movement work. . . . I know Seattle better because of their book. It's a valuable window on CORE's seven years as a catalyst for change in Seattle." - Seattle Times

Joan Singler, Jean Durning, Bettylou Valentine & Maid Adams

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Wrangling Women: Humor and Gender in the American West

“A delightful exploration of gender studies, stereotypes, and human resourcefulness, Wrangling Women frequently quotes the women it studies, allowing the reader to partake in both scholarly observation and the visceral feel of being there. A lively and entertaining treatise.” —Susan Bethany, Midwest Book Review, February 2007

 

 

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Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
 

Elisa Law

Suffrage Centennial Coordinator

elisa.law@wshs.wa.gov

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