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The true story of the Gilded Age’s “political twins” who brought women’s suffrage and political reform to the city of Pittsburgh. Sometimes troublemakers emerge from the most unlikely of places. This true story follows the lives of two daughters of the Gilded AgeLucy and Eliza Kennedywho were educated at Vassar College and became leaders of the suffrage movement. Then, after the Nineteenth Amendment was passed in 1920, they spent the next forty years fighting corruption in politics and government. Tenacious, smart, and witty, they captivated crowds, disarmed their opponents, and instilled particular dread among the corrupt politicians who were the unfortunate targets of their nonpartisan crusade. Their entry across the threshold of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building would reportedly invoke a flurry of hushed warnings through the halls: “The She Devils are at the door!” Together, Lucy and Eliza fought for the vote, empowered women to use it wisely, forced a mayor out of office in disgrace, took control of the city budget, exposed a series of scandals, spearheaded police reform, and launched a campaign that would eventually clear Pittsburgh of its smoky veil. Featuring the true story of two powerful women, this book comes at a propitious time, reminding us how far women have come and how vigilant we must remain.
About the Author
Eliza Smith Brown is the author of Pittsburgh Legends and Visions, A Legacy in Brick and Mortar: African American Landmarks in Allegheny County, and The Duquesne Club Cookbook. She lives in Pittsburgh.