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“Claiming Power” with Jill Zahniser~ June 26

9780199958429Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Co-Hosts Hartford Public Library Summer Reading Author Talk with “Claiming Power” Author Jill Zahniser

Along with Hartford Votes-Hartford Vota Coalition and Connecticut Common Cause, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will host an author talk and book signing with Jill Zahniser, whose new book, “Claiming Power,” details the life of Alice Paul, a prominent figure in the suffrage movement and a 1994 Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee. The event will take place Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hartford History Center (located on the top floor of the Hartford Public Library at 500 Main Street in Hartford).

Zahniser _ photo credit Sharon Zahniser

From Publisher’s Weekly (starred review on June 2): “[Claiming Power] shines a bright light on the ‘elusive’ figure of suffragist Alice Paul (1885–1977). A woman whose life bridged the ‘first’ and ‘second waves’ of feminism, Paul was once a towering figure in American suffragist politics, having cut her teeth on the battle for women’s voting rights in Britain. The elegantly constructed narrative combines the filaments of Paul’s precocious life into an incisive tale, beginning with her Quaker upbringing and following her as she emerges as an activist and agitator. The book shows how Paul navigated the shoals of propriety, respectability, and the necessity of forthright activist tactics. In addition, Zahniser and [co-author] Fry (who died in 2009) effectively explore the often forgotten warrens of feminist history and its intersections with world events, including WWI. The authors deserve credit for tackling the issue of racism within the suffrage movement, as well as Paul’s latent prejudices. While showing how Paul became a suffragist, and the battles that defined a generation of fractious feminist activism, the book leaves the rest of her long life, after 1920, to other scholars. This is not only the story of one person, but of her epoch and culture. Zahniser and Fry have done readers a profound service.”

For more information about the event, please visit www.hplct.org.