The Accidental Suffragist
“The Accidental Suffragist is the so-timely story of the sacrifices one mother makes – to her
family, her safety, and her previous identity – when called by a cause and stirred to act.
Through the telling of this factory worker’s experience, Gichon reminds us of the grave
sacrifices so many women made more than a century ago and the debt of gratitude we owe
them today as we see Kamala Harris's ascent to Vice President. My teenage daughters
snatched this book from my hands before I could even finish.”
Alisyn Camerota, CNN Anchor and Author of “Amanda Wakes Up”
"The Accidental Suffragist is a poignant and memorable story sweeping the reader through an
early 20th-century labor tragedy to the ache of a son going off to war. All told through the eyes
of a wife and mother who wants no more than to do all she can for her family. When the
suffrage movement pulls her into the cause, she, at last, realizes that voting will be her only hope
of having her voice heard. Written with heart and relatability, the modern-day reader will not
be able to help feeling a profound sense of gratitude for all that was endured by our sisters
before us." Camille Di Maio - Bestselling author of The First Emma.
“The Accidental Suffragette is a compelling exploration of the early twentieth-century
movement to provide women the right to vote, with an endearing protagonist and plenty of
fascinating historical detail.” Kimmery Martin, author of “The Antidote for Everything”
“With its captivating heroine and rich historical details, The Accidental Suffragist is a novel that
both enlightens and enthralls. A must-read for those interested (and we all should be!) in the
fight waged by brave American women determined to secure their right to vote." Nina
Sankovitch, Author and Historian.
“Through the eyes of an unlikely activist, novelist Galia Gichon masterfully takes readers inside
the inner circle of the brave women fighting for the right to vote at the turn of the 20th
Century. The unforgettable journey of Helen Fox, a garment worker toiling away in a Lower East
Side factory, propels the fast-paced historical narrative as Helen learns about the Suffragist
movement by chance and eventually, becomes an evangelist willing to risk her marriage and
her even her own life for the cause. Inspirational and enlightening, this work of historical fiction
pulls the reader in from the first page. A perfect read for mothers and daughters to discuss and
enjoy together.” Heather Cabot, Author of The New Chardonnay
"The Accidental Suffragist is an entertaining, meticulously researched novel about the struggles
and eventual triumphs of the Suffragist cause in the early twentieth century. Within this
fascinating historical context, Gichon also explores the challenge and compromise inherent to
working motherhood, a topic equally relevant today as it was then." Heather Frimmer, Author
of “Better to Trust” and “Bedside Manners”
“Many women wish the world was a kinder, fairer place for them, some women make it so.
Gichon, like her heroines, moves through the world fueled by love and a sense of justice, the
result is a richly detailed and studiously researched novel that will bring hope to your heart.”
Lorea Canales, Author of “Becoming Marta”
Gichon’s “The Accidental Suffragist” is a multidimensional, fascinating and unputdownable story -- and important for this moment. She takes the readers on a journey grounded in researched detail brimming with captivating feminist history. This debut fiction novel couldn’t be more timely."
- Lindsey Pollak, author of Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work