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The Accidental Suffragist

Galia Gichon

Category: Drama

Helen Fox is a factory worker living in New York’s tenements in the early 1910s. After surviving a workplace fire, she becomes seduced by the suffragist cause and is soon working alongside famous activists. As her involvement with the cause deepens, however, her activism puts her at odds with critics who believe she’s putting her children at risk.

The Accidental Suffragist is a bold new novel exploring women’s suffrage, 101 years after the historic signing of the 19th Amendment. Stories of women’s suffrage often focus on the wealthy, charismatic leaders of the movement. Rarely do we get a taste of what the pivotal time was like from the perspective of a “woman in the wings” – a poor, struggling woman who becomes seduced by the values of the movement and the ways it could radically re-shape her life.

Helen Fox is a factory worker living in New York’s tenements in the early 1910s. After surviving the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, she becomes consumed by the suffrage movement, like many of her peers. However, her activism puts her at odds with her husband and neighbors who believe she’s putting her children at risk.

Hailed as “engaging” by Booklist, and “compelling and intriguing” by Midwest Book Review, The Accidental Suffragist will have you rooting for protagonist Helen as she navigates various obstacles in search of her true identity.

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