Remember the Ladies by Gina L. Mulligan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Perfect for this election season--a reminder of the power of gender in DC and how women have to "work" men to get their votes. It's not based on a true story, other than the title coming from Abigail Adams' letter to her husband about remembering the ladies.
Amelia Cooke didn't have much of a life in an orphanage, and she took a risk going to DC to turn herself into a lobbyist in 1887. But she manages to learn how to turn her looks into her favor, and also manages to live at a hotel by herself, when every man around her wants her to be married and pregnant. She learns how Washington works, and it was interesting to see how the partnerships were made back then--lots of crooked deals, favors being pulled, and secrets being discovered for blackmail.
After reading this one, I don't see how any women could NOT vote in every possible election. Women fought HARD for the right to vote. It's not something that should be taken lightly.
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