Mary Gilkey City Library
Celebrates the 19th Ammendment

We're celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women in America the right to vote. Chances are you probably haven't heard the whole story, or met all of the brave activists that helped move us to a more representative and inclusive democracy. Check out a few of the books below to learn about their stories. These books are on hold for Dayton's patrons only - and REGISTER TO VOTE! If you're already registered, click here to verify your registration, especially if you're moved since the last election.

DID YOU KNOW...there is a ballot drop box by City Hall? You don't even have to leave town to drop off your ballot, and you can vote up until 8:00 p.m. on election day which is November 3rd.

Click on the title of the book to learn more and to place a copy on hold to read for yourself!

around america
bold and brave
the voice

Around America to Win the Vote is the story of two friends that set off in a little yellow car along with their cat to spread the word about the women's suffrage movement. 

Ages 5-8

womans hour

The Woman's Hour tells the story of the fight for the right to vote in an entertaining, page-turning style. This version includes a middle section of images of the women that lead the charge, campaign materials and more.

Grades 4-8

women making history

Women Making History is a collection of biographies of key players in the suffragette movement along with essays and other writings from the time that helped to persuade a nation that the time for change was upon us.

Ages 12+

Bold and Brave  tells the stories of ten women (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony, Sojurner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Jovita Idar, Alice Paul, Inez Milholland, Ida B Wells, Lucy Burns and Mary Church Terrell) who helped to win women the right to vote. 

Grades 2-5

roses and radicals

Roses and Radicals is full of stories that seem like they could be happening today. This is an epic story told in a dynamic and approachable manner that keeps readers interested and engaged to the end. 

Ages 10+, grades 4-6

rebel voices

Rebel Voices begins in New Zealand in 1893 when that nation gave their women the right to vote. This book follows as trailblazers in the women's movement change history as they write it. 

Ages 12+

The Voice the Won the Vote this is the story of how one woman changed history. Only one more state, Tennessee, was needed to approve the 19th amendment which would give all women in America the right to vote. Febb Burn wrote a persuasive letter that changed history and tipped the scales towards equality.

Ages 8-12


Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists is a gorgeously drawn graphic novel. It's a smart and no-holds barred look at the fight for women's rights throughout time. 

Ages 12+

Thank you to the American Library Association for the generous donation of several of these titles.