Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Accidental Suffragist” by Galia Gichon, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, June 1, 2021. On Tour With Suzy Approved Book Tours
Galia Gichon, the author of “The Accidental Suffragist” has written an intriguing. captivating, memorable, and thought-provoking novel. The genres for this book are Historical Fiction and Women’s Fiction. There is a definite feminist vibe. The timeline for this novel is around 1912 -1912. Some important events during this time that are discussed are The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, World War One, and the Suffragist movement.
There was tremendous diversity between the wealthy families, and those struggling with poverty. Many of the poor people lived in tenements, and the men worked in coal mines, and many women struggled to take care of their families, and also worked in factories. Putting food on the table was a question of survival, and younger children were forced to take over adult responsibilities or even work. Usually the husband ruled, and his opinion was the only opinion. Most decisions were made by the men.
Helen Fox is balancing her family’s needs and working in a factory. After a tragedy, Helen becomes involved with some important women activists, and finds herself supporting and obsessed with the Suffragist movement. She leaves the factory, and takes a job working for these women, and also volunteers with some of the most prominent and strong women. It is through Helen’s view, that the reader can see how difficult and dangerous it is for these women to fight for women’s rights.
I appreciate all the research that Galia Gichon has done. Helen and other similar women have become courageous, strong and independent. Because of Helen’s dedication and commitment, women have the right to vote, and have become more equal in society. I highly recommend this thought-provoking book to other readers.