August 27, 2008

Why is Woman's Suffrage Disregarded in History Textbooks?

Aside from my normal routine, today I must help my daughter with some research. She needs to write an essay about a significant historical event. She chose Woman's Suffrage.

I thought to myself, that is really a great topic. How timely, considering this is an election year. Plus, with Hillary Clinton making such a showing in the preliminaries, my daughter is pretty astute.

I helped her a bit last night gathering specific dates and Congressional information from some books we own. Interestingly, we were reading through her school history textbook and found it was pretty much useless as a reference. For a US history book, one would think there would be at least a chapter of discussion on such a poignant event in history. Woman's Suffrage was only mentioned in one paragraph, pretty much disregarded entirely.

In our own library we found some pretty good information to get her going. I suppose she will have to depend on the Internet for a lot of it. She is going to the school library today to check out some books on the subject. Considering what we saw in her textbook yesterday, my fear is she won't find much.

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  1. Well, gee...I suppose since we didn't fight a war over it, women's suffrage just isn't sexy enough!

    Amazing how when significant change occurrs without a shot being fired, it is viewed in hindsight as "insignificant."

  2. Hey J.L!

    So true. I don't know, it impacted and initiated so many things...Oh well, she was able to find two books in the library.

    Take care!

  3. Yes, Muse, and I'll bet a lot of the books never mentioned how many women struggled and fought and how difficult it was--I knew a woman who was a young Suffragette (and who died several years ago at 100 years old). These women were often beaten and often spent time in nasty, nasty jails, treated as the worst kind of criminal.

  4. Hi Conda!

    I'm really disappointed in the textbooks...I don't know what else to say other than that. I went through it a bit again and so many subjects are just barely mentioned.

    I know there is a lot of US history to cover, and you can only put so much in a textbook, but Woman's suffrage was a big part of our history. It led to many other reform issues.

    I know you know this but I was just flabbergasted.

    Hope your weekend is going well.

    Take care!

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