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Publication date: March 25, 2016
Summary: "Everyone knows about the ''Votes for Women'' campaign that led to the 19th Amendment in 1920. Few know just how long the struggle really was. Decades earlier, brave women began breaking the taboo of remaining silent at gatherings that included men. No one represents this early struggle -- the small triumphs and discouraging setbacks -- better than Clarina Howard Nichols (1810-1885), the Vermont newspaper publisher whose speeches made a powerful case for equality. Victim of a failed marriage, Nichols was a magnet to abused and mistreated women and was their advocate at a time when her sex was just beginning to speak up..." [+ more]
This is a nice biography into some of the history of women's right to vote (and be taken into account). The best part of this book is that it is YA so the writing is not heavy but easy to follow. It also has pictures! Which I liked because it gave me a better sense of Nichols and the time period.
Eickhoff describes Nichols' life in a way that it makes it easy to understand without dwelling into too many details. For example, Nichols first husband one day just took off with their children and Nichols went to her in-laws for help. They helped her get the children back and that was that.
I was surprised to learn that Nichols, now a single mother of three, later married a wonderful man. Even more, in a time where women had no voice and their opinions didn't really matter, she became a newspaper publisher.
She really is an inspiration for women today and Eickhoff summarizes extensive research in this brief biography that will appeal to YA.
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About the AuthorDiane Eickhoff grew up on a farm in Minnesota, taught school in Appalachia and New York, and