Fighting For Equality

Fighting For Equality

Susan Bethany

Fighting For Equality

Ray E. Boomhower

Indiana Historical Society

450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

9780871952530, $17.95 www.indianahistory.org

Strongly recommended for both academic and community library American History and American Biography collections, “Fighting For Equality: A Life Of May Wright Sewall” by author and historian Ray E. Boomhower is the fascinating story of a pioneer advocate for women’s rights. May Wright Sewall was an accomplished educator and peace activist who worked tirelessly on behalf of rights for women in the United States and around the world. She advocated national suffrage along with her late 19th and early 20th century contemporaries such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. May Wright Sewall additionally brought national and international attention to the women’s rights movement through her involvement with the American national Council of Women and the International Council of Women. She also helped establish the Girls’ Classical School in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Woman’s Club, the Contemporary Club, the Art Association of Indianapolis (which was to evolve into the Indianapolis Museum of Art), and the Indianapolis Propylaium. She served as a delegate on automaker henry Ford’s failed Peace Trip in 1915, shocked her friends by releasing “Neither Dead nor Sleeping” in which she revealed her communications with her deceased husband. The book was published a few months before her death in 1920. “Fighting For Equality” is a compelling read, a welcome contribution to the growing library of information on and about the women’s suffrage movement, and a fitting memorial to a complex and accomplished woman of her times.

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