Becoming Invincible: Suffragists’ Winning Strategies

June 16, 2011

A Special Illustrated Presentation by Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr.
Author of “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement”

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“Becoming Invincible” offers a brief, enlightening look at a dozen of the sophisticated, simultaneous strategies American suffragists used between 1910 and 1920 to win democracy for U.S. women, including
•     Suffrage Parades
•     State Electoral Campaigns
•     The Drive for a Federal Amendment
•     Presidential Suffrage
•     Lobbying State and Federal Lawmakers
•     Organizing Campaigns to Unseat Opponents
•     Pressuring the Political Parties
•     Using Women’s Growing Power as Voters
•     Forming New Political Parties
•     Direct Action
•     Raising Money
•     Crafting a New Public Image
How these strategies worked together
The Winning Plan
The 1917 Election in New York
Closing              (Length: 45 minutes)

Robert P. J. Cooney, Jr. is an award-winning writer, editor, and graphic designer who has studied the historic drive to win the vote by American women for nearly two decades.  He is the author of the landmark history, “Winning the Vote: The Triumph of the American Woman Suffrage Movement,” full of facts and images documenting women’s early political achievements

Filmmaker Ken Burns praised “Winning the Vote” as “a wonderful chronicle of the untold history of our country – the story of the brave and remarkable women who changed our nation.”  In 2009 the book was named one of the Five Best on the topic by The Wall Street Journal.

Recipient of a research grant from The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard, Mr. Cooney has served as a consultant on several suffrage-related projects including the PBS documentary, “One Women, One Vote.”

He has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Constitution Center, and the Library of Congress, emphasizing in particular the successful grassroots political campaigns suffragists waged between 1910 and 1920.

Mr. Cooney also designed and co-edited “The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the United States,” which traced nonviolent tactics and philosophy throughout U.S. history from William Penn to Martin Luther King, Jr., and awakened an interest in the woman suffrage movement.

Mr. Cooney was honored with the “Write Women Back Into History” Award from the National Women’s History Project in recognition of his work uncovering this empowering chapter in American history.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he lives with his wife in Santa Cruz, California.


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