March 2021 Featured Article
The year 2020, among other things, marked the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. But when the 19th amendment was passed, it wasn’t the first time women were allowed to vote.
Colorado was more than twenty years ahead of its time. There, women had been allowed to vote for 27 years already. In November 1893, by a vote of 35,698 to 29,462, the people of Colorado approved a woman’s right to vote, making it the first state in the Union to do so. This unprecedented move was made possible in large part by three influential female newspaper writers – Caroline Nichols Churchill, Elizabeth Ensley, and Ellis Meredith. Because these women were such good writers, they were able to change men’s minds and influence the vote.
Of course, in addition to the 35,000 that voted in favor of the measure, almost 30,000 voted against it, leaving some ill will and animosity toward women. And though some newspaperwomen wielded a great deal of influence, many others continued to fight for their rights.
And that’s what colored my writing of my soon-to-be-released romantic suspense, The Silver Shadow. The heroine, Polly Blythe, is an intrepid young newspaper reporter in Denver in 1900, determined to prove to her abusive father and her condescending boss that women are as valuable as men. The Shadow, the story’s villain, is a man who has been hurt by his wife and wants to teach all women a lesson about their place in society.
The story explores where we, both men and women, truly find our worth and how both sexes are precious in God’s sight. Based on true events, it’s a story infused with hope, love, and triumph over evil. The Silver Shadow is now available for preorder.