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Free Thinker

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Free Thinker is the biography of Helen Hamilton Gardener, who died as the highest-ranking woman in federal government and a national symbol of female citizenship. Her story speaks toward the racism that highlighted the women’s suffrage movement and the contradictions of Gardener’s politics. Her life unmasks why it was not until the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the Nineteenth Amendment became a reality for all women. This is the story of a woman whose struggles, both personal and political, still resonate in the fight for gender and sexual equity today. Author: Kimberly A. Hamilton. Hardcover; 400 pages.