Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women’s Rights

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What the experts say:

“The name Clarina Nichols deserves to be placed next to those of such luminaries as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.” Booklist

“This engaging narrative of Nichols’s life takes care to frame her personal struggles within the larger context of the women’s movement.” School Library Journal, May 2017

“Readers will gain a sense of the bravery and conviction it took for Nichols and other women to challenge unjust and ingrained ideologies in order to ensure freedom for future generations.” Publishers Weekly, Nov. 30, 2015

2017 Selection of the ALA Amelia Bloomer List

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Decades before “Votes for Women” led to the passage of the 19th Amendment, brave women began by learning how to speak up and be heard. They broke the societal taboo of remaining silent at gatherings that included men. They began signing their names to petitions, flexing political muscle long before they had the vote. They published some of the most influential writing of their day. Without them, the suffrage movement would never have succeeded.

No one represented this early, little-known struggle better than Clarina Howard Nichols (1810-1885). A resilient Vermont newspaper publisher, Nichols emerged as a star in 1851 after her speech before the national women’s rights convention. After her own failed marriage, she became a magnet to neglected and abused women.

And when she felt progress wasn’t happening fast enough, she moved west. In Bleeding Kansas she would make history and show the world that feminism could thrive on the frontier.

Blogger’s view: “Looking back to Nichols’ time made me appreciate all I take for granted as a woman in today’s society but also motivated me to continue to fight for the rights of those who aren’t yet given a voice.” — Reading Is My Superpower

Critic’s view: “We tend to get complacent as 21st-century women, feeling that the fight for equality is over. But it’s not. And we’d do well to remember what risks women like Clarina took.” — Claire Meadows, editor-in-chief, Afternyne Magazine

This book is signed by the author.