“Let the Suffrage Movement Ring in the Classroom!”

Book Reading SuffrageIf it wasn’t for them…
Thanks to generous grants from Washington State History “Votes for Women,” the Washington State Historical Society, Washington Women’s Commission, and from the Snohomish County Historical Preservation Commission, we purchased over 160 books from a local, independent bookstore. According to the grants, two books will be donated to as many elementary school libraries in Snohomish County as we can reach.

What books?
Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, A Kitten, and 10,000 Miles, 2017
This charming, true story is the one to be read aloud. Imagine two young women driving their Saxon across the country to San Francisco in 1916! They get stuck in mud; sometimes sleep in barns — they are fearless.

Bold & Brave – Ten Heroes Who Won Women The Right To Vote, 2018
The second book is also non-fiction, where a diverse set of women are given their due.
From the more well-known, like Ida B. Wells, to the lesser known, Jovita Idar, the book provides examples of how they made their voices heard. Author Kirsten Gillibrand says,“This picture book shows us all how to stand up, speak out, and fight for what we believe in.”

And from there…?
Starting this October through next April, 2020, League members will branch out to the various school districts to meet third graders in their libraries. Why third grade? Their minds are beginning to understand history. Some of our members plan to dress as suffragists; others are carrying old suitcases and a stuffed black cat to enhance the 20-minute lesson. It is not mandatory to read — you can drop off the books too. Each book has a LWVSC donation bookplate enclosed. (Thank you, Kathy Prewitt.)

A sight to behold…
At August’s LWVSC Annual Retreat, 33 women signed up to read. It is an impressive number for a first big request and it gives hope that everyone sees this as an important public outreach, as well as a fun chance to interact with eight-year-olds!

Interested to read or drop off books at your nearby school? We still need to connect with more schools in the northeastern part of the county. If you know an elementary principal, even better! Contact Rita Ireland: irelandri@gmail.com.