Women's Rights on the Frontier

Women's Rights on the Frontier

by Therese DeAngelis
     
 

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The story of the women's suffrage movement in the American West is one of expansion, courage, and struggle. It begins in 1869, when Wyoming Territory recognized full and equal voting rights for a population of just 1,000 women. As the demand for equality spread throughout the country, the West became a symbol of the equality and opportunity women sought. Discover

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The story of the women's suffrage movement in the American West is one of expansion, courage, and struggle. It begins in 1869, when Wyoming Territory recognized full and equal voting rights for a population of just 1,000 women. As the demand for equality spread throughout the country, the West became a symbol of the equality and opportunity women sought. Discover what drove the women's rights movement in the West, and how the battles women fought on the frontiers of America made them pioneers not only of geography, but also of history.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Donna L. Phillips
Finding a Voice is a nine-volume series that introduces middle-grade readers to women's struggles for economic, social, and political equality in the U.S. Some titles focus on a specific time period; others examine a key issue as it evolved over many decades. This dual structure leads to some redundancy among the volumes, but provides a beneficial breadth of coverage. Each text hooks readers with a compelling event like Lucy Burns's and Alice Paul's 1917 jailing, beating, and hunger strike, or teen Charlotte Woodward's decision to skip her glove-making job with wages she never saw in order to attend the 1848 Seneca Falls women's rights meeting. The opening chapter of Frontier notes that she was the only attendee alive when the 19th Amendment finally passed, though at 91 she was too frail to vote on Election Day in 1920. Each text also includes a good selection of primary-source quotations, documented in the chapter notes for further research, and historical photographs, many in color, with informative and detailed captions. Though aimed at the middle grades, each volume includes further resources for both younger and older readers, making the series a suitable purchase for high school libraries as well, especially where students need introductory information. (Finding a Voice: Women's Fight for Equality in U.S. Society) Reviewer: Donna L. Phillips
Children's Literature - Jill Walton
There are still women alive who were born before the passage of the nineteenth amendment gave women the right to vote in 1920. Their numbers are few but their memories are long, and this excellent history of well-researched facts and events is a vivid reminder of that fight for equality. The idea of women's right to vote was very controversial in the 19th century. At the first public convention for women's rights, the Seneca Falls Convention of July 1848, men and women in attendance could not agree on the suffrage issue. The resolution for women to have the right to vote did not pass, and the number of women who signed the declaration was greater than the number of men by more than two to one. For all other issues of inequality that were discussed—property ownership, legal issues, wage earning—all signers resolved the laws should be changed and that women should have equal civil rights but the right to vote was a sticking point. Women's efforts to support political issues expanded their visibility and they were able to change the nation's focus to better all human conditions. This book, one in a series about women and their roles in creating the character of this nation, defines the history of that progress for women's right to vote, state by state. Generous reference materials are provided, including a glossary, a chronology, an index, and a list of additional reference sources. The book is complete with tightly organized text, making it a valuable resource for students, teachers, and others. Part of the "Finding a Voice: Women's Fight for Equality in U.S. Society" series. Reviewer: Jill Walton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422223598
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Series:
Finding a Voice: Women's Fight for Equality in U.S. Society Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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