Elizabeth Started All the Trouble by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Faulkner is the best book for children I’ve read about the Suffragist Movement. Instead of focusing on one or two women, it gives a historical view of the entire movement. I don’t want to spoil all of the book, but did you know… Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote? The suffragists held a parade the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration? Women were beaten by angry mobs while picketing the White House? And so much more. The illustrations perfectly depict the time period and emotions of the cause.
Today is an election day in many states, including mine. I overhead ML and her friend’s discussing candidates recently. They exclaimed no one should vote for Trump because third graders are more mature than he. Several said they would vote for Hillary. I asked why? They gave some valid reasons. But what struck me the most is they didn’t say anything about her being a woman. At least with four third grade girls, a woman president is no big deal. Elizabeth would be proud.