Mama Votes! (Paperback)
In 1872, fifteen women dared to vote It was a time when women were not allowed to vote in the United States, but these women decided to challenge that rule. They walked into a general store in Rochester, New York, and voted for the President of the United States, not knowing if they would be arrested, or even sent to jail Mama Votes is told through the eyes of a young girl who watches her mother join that brave group of women. Led by the famous suffragette Susan B. Anthony, they shock the city of Rochester and the nation by insisting that they, as U.S. citizens, have the same right to vote as men do.
In addition to the story, this book includes a two-act play about the event that can be performed in places like schools, youth groups, or even read aloud at the library or at home. Through the book and play, you will learn what happened as a result of this daring action taken by brave women who risked everything to win the right to vote. It would take many more years, but their efforts, and those of other dedicated and courageous women, would lead to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, exactly 100 years ago in 1920, that finally gave women the right to vote.
“…Meyers’ writing is breezy and easy to follow…her fictional storyline doesn’t stray far from historical events…The play also allows the storytellers the freedom to ask the audience powerful questions: ‘What will be the year when you will cast your first vote?’ An earnest, thoughtful book that will serve as an effective tool for educators.” - Kirkus Reviews