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 with reference to her manage and act to win definitely the right to vote.
January 19, 1917
The wooden line has been happening for over per week! and folks acknowledged they wouldn't final an afternoon and the elements nonetheless has no longer damaged. What's extra is information of the wooden is spreading and increasingly more ladies are coming from different components 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'd purely are available in to speak about a federal modification for the women's correct to vote. No espresso! This made me reflect on Sojourner Truth's phrases approximately males who aid raise girls 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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Alma said that her mother threatened to tell our Uncle Everett, Mother’s and Auntie Claire’s brother, about a gold mining venture that she thinks is bad but that Uncle 21 Bayard wants Uncle Everett up in Boston to invest in. , MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT WILL YOU DO FOR WOMEN’S SUF- or my favorite, MEN, THEIR RIGHTS AND NOTHING MORE; WOMEN, THEIR RIGHTS AND NOTHING LESS. The weather is bitter cold, close to zero. Everyone expected the women to quit after the first day. The newspaper photographers came and took a few pictures.
Summer seems so far away. I wonder if the picket line will still be going in the summer. Or will we be in the war? Oh, Lord, I just had a terrible thought! What if America goes into the war and Father must go too because he is a doctor and Mother is still on the picket line? 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.
Kind of odd, if you ask me. I went into Nell’s room to say good night just a few minutes ago and she was pinning up a picture she had gotten of the Women’s Ambulance Corps. They were all standing in front of their ambulances somewhere in France in very snappy outfits. They did look good. They wore belted fitted jackets and skirts that buttoned down the front and high boots. I loved their hats. Flat on top with a patent leather bill. And they also wore gloves. I guess it’s easier to pick up wounded bodies that are 38 slippery with blood if you wear gloves.
A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917 (Dear America Series) by Kathryn Lasky