Elaine Weiss

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  • Award-Winning Journalist
  • Critically Acclaimed Author of 'The Woman's Hour' and 'Fruits of Victory'
  • Historian and Expert on Women's History, Voting Rights, and Civic Engagement


Elaine Weiss is a journalist and author whose feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her by-line has appeared in many national publications.

A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize “Editor’s Choice” honoree, she is the author of the highly-acclaimed narrative history The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote (Viking/Penguin) hailed as a “riveting, nail-biting political thriller” with powerful parallels to today’s political environment. The Woman’s Hour was a GoodReads Readers’ Choice Award winner, short-listed for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and received the American Bar Association’s highest honor, the 2019 Silver Gavel Award.

Weiss is a popular public speaker and frequent media commentator on the themes of women’s political organization and modern voting rights, with recent op-eds published in The New York Times and interviews on NPR’s All Things Considered, CBS Sunday Morning, and PBS American Experience.

Steven Speilberg’s Amblin production company is adapting The Woman’s Hour for the screen, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as Executive Producer.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Elaine Weiss
  • Library of Congress
  • National Archives
  • American Bar Association
  • New York Historical Society
  • Chautuaqua Institution
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Filson Historical Society
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Nashville Public Library
  • Tennessee Municipal League
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<p><strong>Elaine Weiss, author of 'The Woman's Hour', delivers engaging talks about the power of civic engagement, past and present</strong></p>

Elaine Weiss, author of 'The Woman's Hour', delivers engaging talks about the power of civic engagement, past and present

Award-winning journalist and the author of the highly acclaimed narrative non-fiction book The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight for the VoteELAINE WEISS is in demand for her informative and engaging books talks. Her presentations, including the Princeton Public Library, Marine Biological Laboratory, Chautauqua Institution, and Library of Congress incorporate both visuals and a deep dive into her work, which sheds illuminating light on politics and women's rights today. Weiss is also a frequent media commentator, appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, PBS, NPR, and C-Span. Elaine has an innate ability to connect with any group and clearly explain the direct relevance of history’s most controversial issues.

The Women's Hour has been hailed as a "riveting, nail-biting political thriller" with powerful parallels to the current political environment. Weiss’s powerful words will also come to life on the small screen, as Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television has optioned the rights with Hillary Clinton attached as an Executive Producer. In remarks that are empowering and eye-opening, Weiss inspires audiences with conversations about what it takes to make social and political change, the power of civic engagement, and the struggle over voting rights, past and present. Rave reviews include “Elaine did an amazing job of bringing the history to life and connecting it with our organization today” (Women's League of Voters) and “In this crazy world we live in, we need more people like [Elaine] inspiring others to be good people!” (The Tennessee Municipal League)

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Elaine Weiss is a journalist and author whose feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her by-line has appeared in many national publications.

A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Pushcart Prize “Editor’s Choice” honoree, she is the author of the highly-acclaimed narrative history The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote (Viking/Penguin) hailed as a “riveting, nail-biting political thriller” with powerful parallels to today’s political environment. The Woman’s Hour was a GoodReads Readers’ Choice Award winner, short-listed for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and received the American Bar Association’s highest honor, the 2019 Silver Gavel Award.

Her previous book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide.

Weiss holds a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. She is a popular public speaker and frequent media commentator on the themes of women’s political organization and modern voting rights, with recent op-eds published in The New York Times and interviews on NPR’s All Things Considered, CBS Sunday Morning, and PBS American Experience.

Steven Speilberg’s Amblin production company is adapting The Woman’s Hour for the screen, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as Executive Producer.