As a millennial I've come to take for granted the blessings of modern suffrage and rights for women. what an eye-opening adventure this book is. I am so grateful to these women for the sacrifices they've made. I think every young woman who feels oppressed should read this book, and from it learn the power of women to effect change.
Frontier Grit by Marianne Monson tells the stories of 12 women who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These women are amazing! I love reading their stories that give me both a sense of awe of how much they encountered and overcame and also a feeling of strength. That I can be like these women and work hard and serve others.
With themes of women’s suffrage, entrepreneurs, pioneers in careers, and activists, these women of multiple races were alive during a time where women could not vote or do certain jobs or own land. But they all took their skills and strengths and worked their whole lives to give women a voice. And many helped others along the way.
I was amazed by just how much I loved this book! I loved the way the author wrote about 12 amazing women from all walks of life and from all kinds of different places. I also loved the way she talks, at the end, about each individual woman writing her own chapter and living with vision, faith and fortitude the way that each of these women did.
I loved that this book took me from Scotland, to Hawaii, to Utah to San Francisco and almost everywhere in between. It taught me about women in slavery, women working tirelessly to stop slavery and women who just wanted to live their life without the government decreeing that their marriage wasn't valid.
I loved that I had only heard of maybe one of these women before, so their stories were all new to me. This is an amazing book that I didn't want to put down before I'd read the last story about these amazing women!
I often tell my husband that there is a reason I was born at this time. I don't think I would have had the faith, or endurance to do what these women did. Mostly, I don't think I would have been able to live in a time when women were mere accessories, and not "real" people. BUT, I LOVE, love, love reading about women who decided to take their fate into their own hands and paved a way for women today.
There are 12 wonderful women to learn about in these pages. All of them forged a path for women today.
Each story is so wonderful. I am blown away at what these women accomplished in their life times. I am only going to share a few of the ones I loved the most.
Mother Jones, born Mary Harris Jones was born in Country Cork, Ireland in 1837. She spent her life speaking on behalf of child workers, steelworkers, etc. Some of my favorite quotes from her story are:
"I am not a suffragist nor do I believe in 'careers' for women, especially a 'career' in factory and mill where most working women have their 'careers. A great responsibility rests upon women - the training of the children. This is her most beautiful task."
"I have never had a vote, and I have raised hell all over this country! You don't need a vote to raise hell! You need convictions and a voice!"
Next, was Martha Hughes Cannon. She was a doctor, a scholar, and the first woman to ever hold the office of a state senator. She ran against her own husband and won. Amazing.
Some of my favorite quotes from her story are:
"Woman can, when allowed to do so become a most powerful and most potent factor in the affairs of the government. Women suffrage is no longer an experiment, but it is a practical reality, tending to the well-being of the State."
The Chicago Record stated "Mrs. Doctor Martha Hughes Cannon...is on of the brightest exponents of the women's cause in the United States"
There are so many more wonderful stories. Some of the things said about these women make me even more proud to be a woman. Although many of the things said about them will never be said about me, it makes me feel like I could change the world if I tried. These women never, ever, let things get in their way.
Source: I was given this book by the publisher in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
WONDERFUL STORIES OF 12 STRONG WOMEN PIONEERS - SOME MORMON, SOME SINGLE. WE ALWAYS READ ABOUT THE MEN - THIS WAS A VERY NICE CHANGE!