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A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, by Kathryn Lasky

By Kathryn Lasky

Because the struggle for women's suffrage heats up, Kathleen"Kat" Bowen will get to take part as her mom and her sister, etc just about her manage and act to win the ideal to vote.

January 19, 1917
The wooden line has been happening for over per week! and folks stated they wouldn't final an afternoon and the elements nonetheless has now not damaged. What's extra is information of the wood is spreading and a growing number of ladies are coming from different components of the district and a few from as far-off as
Maryland and Virginia. President Wilson felt so sorry for them within the chilly that he invited them in for espresso yet they refused. They acknowledged they might in simple terms are available to speak about a federal modification for the women's correct to vote. No espresso! This made me think about Sojourner Truth's phrases approximately males who aid elevate ladies into carriages and over dust puddles--that in fact is the straightforward half, similar to giving them espresso. Giving them the vote is the demanding half.

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Belmont’s apartments. She lives in New York but keeps large apartments here, not far from us. We are at K and Seventeenth streets and Mrs. Belmont’s is just off K near Franklin Park. Mrs. Belmont is VERY rich and VERY grand and she is one of the most important people in the Woman’s Party. Because of her money and how smart she is, she has become one of the most important people in the suffrage movement. She gave the money to buy the building for the headquarters of the Woman’s Party on Lafayette Square directly across from the White House.

Mrs. Walter Evans collapsed this afternoon 32 on the picket line with pneumonia and they say her condition is critical. Is she any less brave than a poor Brit blinded by mustard gas? Is her cause less noble? And I know that this is not very nice to say but what about Nell? Are her ambitions all that noble? Or is she also out looking for adventure and a chance to learn how to drive? I, of course, am feeling very left out of everything. I am too young to be a silent sentinel and stand on the picket line.

Alice Paul says, Why should Americans go and fight for democracy abroad when our president does not defend it at home? Nell doesn’t quite agree. She feels that the Great War should be a separate cause from that of suffrage. She says there are actually other women in the party who feel this way too, but not Alice Paul and not Mother and not Auntie Claire. I am not sure what I think. It does seem rather silly to be going all across the ocean and having young men get killed for democracy, when there is a battle right here and those poor women are freezing their feet and getting sick.

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