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Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists by Jo Ann A. Mathews

Kindle Direct Publishing
$2.99, e-book
July, 2020
Nonfiction: History
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"Jo Ann Mathews is a truly gifted author and is great at what she does. Her style of writing is deeply engaging and gripping, and will fill the reader with joy and inspiration."

"I loved these bite size pieces about strong women who persist in the face of adversity."

This third book in the Women and Adversity series commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified August 18, 1920, which gave women the right to vote. Among the women featured are modern suffragists, recognized names and others who are lesser-known suffragists.

The entries are brief sketches not biographies. They are meant to motivate readers to learn more about these women. Students get basic information about these suffragists, and teachers may prompt students to do more research for an essay or class project. Book lovers can be fascinated by the achievements of these women.

Jo Ann Mathews is a freelance writer with hundreds of published articles. Her Women and Adversity e-book series is an outgrowth of her blog, Women and Adversity, which she has written since 2014. Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists is the third in the series. Honoring 23 Black Women was published in February 2020, and Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers was published in May, 2020. She and her husband, Steve, live in Ocean Isle Beach.

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