I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote
Linda Arms White & Nancy Carpenter
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his story of a strong-willed young woman opens, '
In 1820, six-year-old Esther McQuigg studied her mother making tea. "I could do that," she said.
' Esther wants to learn and she succeeds, in making tea, sewing - and caring for her family after her mother dies when she turns eleven.
t nineteen, Esther opens her own hat shop in Oewgo, New York. She runs abolitionist meetings at her church. She marries and has a son. When her husband dies, she moves to Illinois, where she opens another hat shop, marries again and has two more sons. She questions why women do not vote - '
I could do that
', she tells her husband.
t fifty-five, Esther and her sons join her husband in the newly formed, rowdy Wyoming Territory. Of course, she opens another hat shop. When she sees a proclamation for territorial elections, she decides '
It's time I did that
'. She convinces the candidates to support a bill to give women the vote, and keeps up the pressure until it becomes law in 1869.
inda Arms White tells an inspiring story of a determined girl who turns into an indomitable woman - one who makes history - while Nancy Carpenter's illustrations show the settings and costumes of the day, and add a touch of humor and whimsy. Enjoy learning about how '
Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote
I Could Do That!
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