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Before 1893 no woman anywhere in the world had the vote in a national election. A hundred years later almost all countries had enfranchised women- and it was a sign of backwardness not to have done so. This is the story of how this momentous change came about. The first genuinely global history of women and the vote- it takes the story of women in politics from the earliest times to the present day- revealing startling new connections across time and national boundaries - from Europe and North America to Asia- Africa- Latin America- and the Muslim world post-9/11. A story of individuals as well as of wider movements- it includes the often dramatic life-stories of womens suffrage pioneers from across the world- painting vivid biographical portraits of everyone from Susan B. Anthony and the Pankhursts to hitherto lesser-known activists in China- Latin America- and Africa. It is also the first major post-feminist history of womens struggle for the vote. Controversially- Jad Adams rejects the widely accepted idea that success was primarily a result of the pressure group politics of the suffragists and their supporters.Ultimately- he argues- it was nationalism- not feminism- that was the most important factor in winning women the vote.... Please click here to ask a question
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