Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
Special Emphasis Program
Women’s History Month Observance
Award-winning author, historian and former journalist
Johanna Neuman is an award-winning author, historian and former journalist. Her new book, And Yet They Persisted: How American Women Won the Right to Vote, traces the history of women’s suffrage over two centuries, expanding our understanding of how long this reform took and restoring African American women to the suffrage narrative.
An earlier book, Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote, documents the role of the celebrity endorsement in galvanizing social change. Choice Magazine, the review publication of the American Library Association, called the book “highly entertaining and gravely important… a wonderfully written history [that] details the relentless efforts required to make lasting change.”
A native of California, Johanna is a former journalist who covered the White House, State Department and Congress for USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. During her career as a journalist, received a Neuman Fellowship at Harvard University and served as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. After earning her PhD in history, she became a scholar in residence at American University in Washington, D.C.