"This biography tells the insider story of the first wave of feminism, complete with all the back-biting we've hungered for."
-Melanie Gustafson, University of Vermont
"Ross-Nazzal has nicely woven DeVoe's story into the politics of both the West and of the suffrage movement, exposing the gritty realities of both."
"The book provides vivid glimpses of America in its passage from the 19th into the 20th century. . . . We could use more voices like DeVoe's nowadays."
-Judy Lightfoot, Crosscut, July 2011
"This text does vital work in reclaiming the life of Emma Smith DeVoe, giving scholars deeper knowledge of the contradictions and complexities of the suffrage campaign."
-Loretta Kensigner, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Win. 2011/2012
"Ross-Nazzal argues convincingly that DeVoe made a vital contribution to the woman suffrage movement on both the state and national levels. While concentrating on DeVoe, this study reaffirms the important role western women played in the suffrage struggle."
-Kathleen M. Green, The Annals of Iowa, Vol. 71 2012
"What makes DeVoe's story particularly fascinating is that suffrage leaders, including Susan B. Anthrony, disapproved of DeVoe's insistence on a more feminine approach. Ross-Nazzal correctly notes that not only were suffragists critical of DeVoe's strategy but historians have been as well."
-Sunu Kodumthara, Montana The Magazine of Western History, Spring 2012
"Ross-Nazzal brings the experiences of the movement to life. Her well-researched and closely chronicled account helps illuminate the significant role of women in the West and Midwest in attaining the vote for women."
-Lisa R. Lindell, South Dakota History, Vol. 42 (1) Spring 2012
"Ross-Nazzal's study helps us understand her difficult position - determined and resourceful but constrained by financial problems and prevailing gender norms - and appreciate the extent of her impressive accomplishments."
-Rebecca Mead, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Winter 2011
"Winning the West for Women is an intriguing study of the hard work, varying strategies and shifting alliances that were involved in securing the vote for women."
-Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bellingham Herald, August 2011
"Ross-Nazzal is right to suggest that Emma Smith DeVoe's important role in the women's suffrage struggles of the West has been overlooked and that western women did in fact play a crucial role in winning passage of the Nineteenth Amendment."
-Jason McCollom, H-Net, July 2011