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Author Elaine Weiss Speaks About Women's Suffrage

Author Elaine Weiss Speaks About Women's Suffrage

Published: May 12, 2020

The Catawba County Library is continuing its centennial celebration of the ratification of women's suffrage with a virtual discussion by author Elaine Weiss, an award-winning, Baltimore-based journalist and author. She'll speak about her book The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote in a Zoom discussion at 12 noon on Thursday, May 14, and she'll also answer questions for participants. 

The Woman's Hour has won critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and The New Yorker. It has been hailed as a "riveting, nail-biting political thriller" with powerful parallels to today's political environment. The Woman's Hour was a GoodReads Readers' Choice Award winner, short-listed for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and received the American Bar Association's highest honor, the 2019 Silver Gavel Award. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin production company is adapting the book for TV, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as executive producer.

The Catawba County Library and the Hickory Public Library are members of the Woman’s Suffrage Centennial Community Committee and are hosting programs highlighting the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.  Other committee members include the League of Women Voters’ of Catawba Valley, the Historical Association of Catawba County, and the Hickory Museum of Art. The project is supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

Copies of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win may be borrowed by clicking this link.

The online event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Sign up online at or call 828.304.0500. An email reminder with login information for the Zoom meeting will be sent to registered participants on the day of the event.