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Friends, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and WUOT will host an evening with award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. Weiss will speak about and sign copies of her latest book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, which was released on March 6.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will introduce Weiss at the event.

In the summer of 1920, 35 states had ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 had rejected it or refused to vote, and one last state was needed or the amendment might die. After a seven-decade crusade, it all came down to Tennessee; it was the moment of truth for the suffragists, and also for their antagonists, the “Antis.” The political freedom of half of the nation was at stake. In The Woman’s Hour, Elaine Weiss tells the story of nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history — the fight to ratify the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote.


About Elaine Weiss

Elaine Weiss holds a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. She has worked as a Washington correspondent, congressional aide and speechwriter, magazine editor, and university journalism instructor.

Weiss’ magazine feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her by-line has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Philadelphia Inquirer as well as in reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. She has been a frequent correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. Her first book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War, was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide.

Weiss lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her husband, Julian Krolik, a professor of astrophysics at Johns Hopkins University; they have two grown children. When not working at her desk, she can be found paddling her kayak on the Chesapeake Bay. And she votes in every election.


Advance Praise for The Woman’s Hour

“Remarkably entertaining … a timely examination of a shining moment in the ongoing fight to achieve a more perfect union.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred and Boxed Review

“Anyone interested in the history of our country’s ongoing fight to put its founding values into practice — as well as those seeking the roots of current political fault lines — would be well-served by picking up Elaine Weiss’s The Woman’s Hour. By focusing in on the final battle in the war to win women the right to vote, told from the point of view of its foot soldiers, Weiss humanizes both the women working in favor of the amendment and those working against it, exposing all their convictions, tactics, and flaws. She never shies away from the complicating issue of race; the frequent conflict and occasional sabotage that occurred between women’s suffrage activists and the leaders of the nascent civil rights movement make for some of the most fascinating material in the book.” — Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the New York Times best-seller Hidden Figures

“Imaginatively conceived and vividly written, The Woman’s Hour gives  us a stirring history of women’s long journey to suffrage and to political influence. Making bold connection with race and class, Weiss’s splendid book is as much needed today as it was in 1940 when Eleanor Roosevelt noted that men hate women with power.  As every victory since the Civil War and Reconstruction faces the wrecker, The Woman’s Hour is an inspiration in the continuing struggles for suffrage, and for race and gender justice, and for democracy. Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of the New York Times best-seller Eleanor Roosevelt


Elaine Weiss and The Woman’s Hour in the Media

The New York Times: New York Today: A Century of Women Voting

Smithsonian.com: How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage

O Magazine: Best Books to Read March 2018: The Woman’s Hour

Chapter 16: On Account of Sex

The New York Times: Women, Booze and the Vote

NPR Books: Stirring, Engrossing ‘Woman’s Hour’ Recounts The Battle For Suffrage

WUOT 91.9 FM: Elaine Weiss on Tennessee’s Role in Women’s Suffrage

Signature: Look Back on the Road to Women’s Suffrage This Women’s History Month


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Elaine Weiss’ photo by Nina Subin.

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