Monday

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women's Day! Okay, fair enough, it was yesterday, but I'm celebrating it today as well.

Now, gender is something that I feel quite passionately about, and today I'm going to be taking you back to a time of the Suffragettes. Men, please do not take this post personally, it is just a general subject!

 
For those of you who are think 'Who are the suffragettes?', I am here to explain. I'm sure most of you will know that us women have not always had equality to men. Well, in the 19th and early 20th century, women were not allowed to vote in anything. Males thought we wouldn't understand politics as well as them, which of course, isn't true. And the women agreed. They formed a huge group of thousands of people of determined for Votes For Women, known as the suffragettes.
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On that subject, I recently read a book called Suffragette by the My Story series - a set of books all about historic events. But taken from a fictional character's point of view, diary-style.

Suffragette is about Dollie. A poor young girl, growing up in horrendous conditions. But when a wealthy and kind women comes along and agrees to care for Dollie, her life changes. She snaps into reality and what's really going on in the world. And that's the suffrage movement. Women all across the country are joining for this, and soon Dollie's signing up herself, against her guardian's wishes. But, as the force gets bigger and stronger, Dollie needs to stop and think about how far she'll go for the vote.

This period in time is my favourite, the most interesting and intriguing, so this book grabbed me from the start, characters being well-described and written. My favourite was of course Dollie, as I loved seeing how she developed and became braver as the book went on. Also, it was extremely realistic and heartwarming, amazing to think people actually did this for the vote. I thouroughly recommend this story, and the rest of the series to everyone and anyone aged 9 and over, especially history lovers.

So, to celebrate what's left of International Women's Day, grab this book and read, read, read...

3 comments:

  1. Happy international women's day to you too ♥
    Opal Plumstead has loads of suffragette scenes as well and is brilliant ♥
    -Emily ♥
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  2. Happy international women's day, too! I celebrated it tons at my place, even when my parents had no idea why I wore all purple that day.

    xoxo Morning

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  3. Ha! I didn't even know there WAS an International Women's Day! :) Other than what you've pointed out, the first thing that came to mind was a book a friend wrote (Love it! Read it within 2 days...couldn't stop reading!) for middle grade students and it includes the suffragette movement in it. It's historical fiction: WHEELS OF CHANGE by Darlene Beck Jacobson. A delicious read :)

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