Tompkins Cortland professor publishes book on women's rights

DRYDEN, N.Y. - A book co-authored by Tompkins Cortland Community College Professor Karen Pastorello celebrates the 100-year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State.

Women Will Vote was written by Pastorello and Susan Goodier, a lecturer at SUNY Oneonta, and was published September 15, 2017 by Three Hills, an imprint of Cornell University Press.

The College Teaching Center at Tompkins Cortland is sponsoring a reception and book signing with Pastorello on campus in the Sprole Conference Room (room 204) on Monday, October 16 at 4 p.m.

Women Will Vote highlights the activism of rural, urban, African American, Jewish, immigrant, and European American women from across the state, as well as male suffragists, that led to the positive outcome of the 1917 referendum that gave women the right to vote in New York.

The book argues that the success of the referendum in New York laid the groundwork for the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and changed the course of American history.

Pastorello, a 2007 winner of the Chancellor’s/Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, has taught at Tompkins Cortland since 2000. This is the third book she has authored, following The Progressives (2014) and A Power Among Them (2008).