Welcome to my stop on the The Accidental Suffragist blog tour sponsored by Suzy Approved Book Tours! Thank you to Suzy for the invitation!
About the Book:
It’s 1912, and protagonist Helen Fox is a factory worker living in New York’s tenements. When tragedy strikes in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Helen is seduced by the Suffragist cause and is soon immersed, working alongside famous activists.
As Helen’s involvement with the cause deepens, she encounters myriad sources of tension that test her perseverance: estrangement from her husband, who is blindsided by his wife’s sudden activism; ostracization by neighbors; unease at working side by side with wealthier suffragettes; and worry about her children as she leaves them to picket the White House in Washington.
The narrative spans World War One and concludes with the triumph of 1919. In a time when the obstacles for women, from any background, were insurmountable, Helen discovers her voice as an independent woman and dreams of equality in a male-dominated society.
The Accidental Suffragist is set during the early 1900s in New York. Helen Fox works in a factory and lives in a tenement. A tragic fire hits her factory, and later, Helens becomes entrenched in the Suffragist cause.
Helen becomes more involves in the movement, and her life changes with issues in her marriage. Likewise, those who live around her judge her for her activities and see her as a threat. She also has children to support and care for while she balances her important activist activities.
I’m happy to see the book follows Helen’s story through 1919, when women are finally afforded the right to vote. This time period has always fascinated me because my grandmothers were extremely young at the time, and yet so extremely affected by this (long overdue) change in our country.
Helen is a strong character, and her story is well-written, complex, and inspiring. Thank goodness for the women of the suffragist movement, who risked it all in their personal lives to make this advancement a reality.
Overall, The Accidental Suffragist is a slim book full of heart and inspiration.
I received a gifted copy.
About the Author:
Widely quoted in The New York Times and more, Galia Gichon spent nearly ten years writing financial research for top investment banks before launching Down-to-Earth Finance, a top personal financial advising firm in New York.
Galia is the author of My Money Matters, a personal finance book which received notable press from the New York Times, TODAY Show, CNN, Newsweek, Real Simple and more. Galia Gichon consistently leads seminars for Barnard College where she has taught for 13 years, and other organizations. She is an avid angel investor focusing on women-led and impact startups and actively counsels startups through accelerators.