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Esther Morris headed west, all the way out to Wyoming. There she heard tell of a man who shared her own notions: Colonel William Bright thought women should be able to vote. Esther decided it was time to show that women could hold office, too. So she went and became the first female judge in the United States.Not everyone liked Esther's ideas. But Esther had the courage to ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Holiday House (first published August 2001)
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A middle-aged widow and mother, Esther Morris, went West in 1869 to South Pass City in Wyoming Territory and changed history. She fought for women's suffrage and became the first woman to hold public office. This book is a straight, simple biography. It's a sort of sequel to I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote but covers some of the same timeframe. I prefer the quirky story of I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote but this book is very good too. Esther Morris was a ...more
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Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
When Esther Morris headed West / Connie Woolridge / 2001
Genre: Non-fiction
Format: picture book
Plot summary: Celebrates the life and work of Esther Morris who succeeded in pressuring Wyoming legislators into becoming the first state to grant suffrage to women, and who went on to become the first woman to hold a judicial position in the United States.
Considerations: discussion of politics

Review citation:School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 9
"Wooldridge tells Morris's story with wit and dignity. H
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Luann
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is just about perfect for a nonfiction picture book biography. It has the perfect amount of text per page, giving plenty of detail while not overwhelming with information. The illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers match the text perfectly and make me feel like I know and understand who each character is. I especially love the expressions on the characters' faces! Also, there is a short but very informative author's note at the end.

I learned a lot from reading this - just enough that I wanted t
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Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This was a children's biography book, which includes pictures.

It was very informative and I really liked it. Would recommend!
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May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, childrens-books
Unlike Linda Arms White’s “I Could Do That!: Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote”, Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge’s “When Esther Morris Headed West: Women, Wyoming, and the Right to Vote” account of Esther’s story focuses on her later years, as a more mature woman and develops a bit beyond the other into her life after court. It is a superb complement for a young reader to understand and fortify the knowledge about this great historic figure. The book has beautiful illustrations which entices the sen ...more
Shelli
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
An exciting bit of history that should be covered in all American History classes detailing how a majority of Wyoming’s citizens learned in their states infancy that politics would be better served if women were a part of it. The women of Wyoming were not only given the right to vote in 1869, a full 51 years before it was ratified in the U.S. Constitution, they were allowed to hold office too. Esther Morris took up the mantel to show just how well a woman could serve her state and its citizens. ...more
Tam Newell
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
50 States books for Wyoming. Story of Esther Morris, the woman who fought for women’s right to vote in Wyoming, the first state to allow women to vote and hold office. Well written. The Author’s Note is a must read as well.
bet mercer
Wow! How did I not know that Wyoming gave women the right to vote and hold office decades before the rest of the country?
Sarah
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cute story about Wyoming and how women were first granted the right to vote there. It is a picture book nonfiction that is more a story than full of facts. I would possibly read it out loud, but might not recomend it for kids doing reports.
Elizabeth Pereda
I don't know how to play read this book ! im new here ! ...more
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I had never heard of Esther Morris before, but after reading this book, I would like to get to know more about her!
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Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge received a master's degree in education and library science from the University of Chicago. She has written picture books and non-fiction for children. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. ...more

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