Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Five paw prints. In the 1800s, only white men were allowed to make major decisions, including voting. Esther Morris didn't think this was right. She was a teenager when she opened her first shop, was a single mother when she left her family in New York to move to the mid-west, and she had no problem "encouraging" the men in the Wyoming Territory to allow her and other women the right to vote. Based on real facts, Esther Morris not only became a leader in her community who helped women get the right to vote, but she later became the first woman in the country to hold public office when she became a judge. I really enjoyed this book. The struggle for women to get the right to vote went on for many decades, and in some parts of the world this struggle continues. It's important for students to learn and understand how important it is to vote. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton get much of the credit for women getting the right to vote, but maybe Esther Morris should be studied alongside these other important women. To find more books by the author visit, http://lindaarmswhite.com/default.aspx.