Friday, July 4, 2014
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Suffragist!: A Protest Movement That's Rougher Than You Expected
I randomly came across this book yesterday at our local library while I was searching for some new reads for my daughter. It is one of the best I've seen in terms of making HERstory fun and keeping kids engaged.
The story has great illustrations and stories within the story of she-roes such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Bloomer, Sojourner Truth, Mary Wollstonecraft and others. The story line covers the progress of primarily women in the U.S. and the U.K. but also highlights progress of women in other countries throughout.
It was interesting to note how many times women's rights were interrupted by men's wars.
"In the U.S.: 1861-1865: Women stop campaigning to that they can nurse injured troops during the Civil War. They will gratitude--but not the vote."
"The Great War lasted four terrible years, from 1914-1918. This was no time for protests--patriotic duty came first! We women in Britain and the United States called off our suffrage campaigns. Instead, we joined in the war effort, doing all we could to help our countries and our men fighting overseas."
I didn't necessarily believe in the validity of this, but it led to some interesting discussions during and after the book.
We will definitely come back to this one many times and I hope my daughter will also do some posts here based on what she learned.
Written by Fiona Macdonald
Illustrated by David Antram
Order at Amazon.com