By Kathryn Lasky
Because the struggle for women's suffrage heats up, Kathleen"Kat" Bowen will get to take part as her mom and her sister, and so forth on the subject of her manage and act to win the ideal to vote.
January 19, 1917
The wooden line has been occurring for over every week! and folks acknowledged they wouldn't final an afternoon and the elements nonetheless has now not damaged. What's extra is information of the wooden is spreading and increasingly more girls are coming from different elements of the district and a few from as far-off as
Maryland and Virginia. President Wilson felt so sorry for them within the chilly that he invited them in for espresso yet they refused. They stated they might basically are available in to speak about a federal modification for the women's correct to vote. No espresso! This made me think about Sojourner Truth's phrases approximately males who aid carry ladies into carriages and over dust puddles--that in fact is the simple half, similar to giving them espresso. Giving them the vote is the demanding half.
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24 And Nell says that if America gets into the war she is going to join the Women’s Ambulance Corps. She doesn’t even know how to drive! But the point is I shall be left all alone. It is a chilling thought. Imagine me sitting by myself in the big dining room night after night with only Marietta bringing in covered dishes of steamed vegetables and plates of ham and corn bread just for me. I thought the clinking of our spoons in the soup bowl made such a lonely noise tonight in the dim winter light of the dining room.
The boys are all on Father’s side and Clary just wanders around clutching her dolly and smiling. I have no one — Alma” Alma didn’t need to say it, but I knew I would have to think up a good reason for her to come, something her father would approve, and certainly not serving tea to Alice Paul and the Woman’s Party. Marietta broke in. She must have been reading my thoughts and she must have read the note. ” I looked up, stunned at Marietta’s words. A big wide smile cracked her cinnamon-colored face.
As soon as she said it she clapped her hands over her mouth. Her eyes went wide at the horror of her own words. She raced across the parlor and folded me into her arms. She tried to comfort me. But I was stiff with fear. LATER Tonight I had not been asleep long when I heard my bedclothes rustle. It was Mother in her nightgown. She was crawling into bed beside me. ” Something burst inside me and I started sobbing. The whole bed shook. Mother just said, “There, there,” and patted my head. I knew somehow she understood.