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Maddy Franklin is a seventeen-year-old middle-class girl in 1917. Like many of her peers, she's vaguely dissatisfied with the life her father lays out in front of her: Marry a man who she's completely uninterested in, and spend her days planning what to feed him when he comes home from work each night. Her mother, while not completely denouncing Maddy's views, shies away from discussions about suffrage and woman's rights, and her father--while viewing his daughter as "at least as intelligent as ...more
Lovely little book introducing children and young adolescents to the history of suffrage with an admirable and strong teenage girl as the central character. Maddy's journey into the movement and the discovery of her own free will and right to make autonomous choices is charted with sensitivity and nuance. We see feminism become a personal journey - as well as political - when Madeline has to decide who, if anyone, is the better choice for marriage. The experiences of her parents and other friend ...more
This book was my introduction to the woman suffrage movement (I first read it in Jr. High). A few years ago I found it a a used book store and reread it (and still loved it). The book focuses on the final years of the fight for suffrage and looks at both NAWSA and the NWP from the vantage point of a teenaged girl.
The idea for The Gilded Ones came to author Namina Forna in a dream. The recurring image was one of a young girl in armor walking up a...
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