It’s 1872 and fifteen women dare to vote for President of the United States! Women in the United States are not allowed to vote in 1872, and these women risk being arrested or even being thrown in jail. In this fictional story, young Faye Townsend is our witness to a real piece of history as her very own mother and the famous suffragette Susan B. Anthony shock Rochester, New York, and the nation, by casting their first ballots. Mama Votes! is their story.
This book also includes a two-act play of Mama Votes! that you can read or perform at home, in your library, school, or any place where you and your friends gather. Through the story and the play, you’ll feel what it was like to be part of that early group of brave women, and the thousands who followed them, in the fight for the right to vote. And you will feel their triumph when women finally achieve that right through the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, exactly 100 years ago.
Praise for Mama Votes
“…Meyers’ writing is breezy and easy to follow… her fictional storyline doesn’t stray far from historical events… The play also allows the storytellers the freedom to ask the audience powerful questions: ‘What will be the year when you will cast your first vote?’ An earnest, thoughtful book that will serve as an effective tool for educators.” –Kirkus Reviews
The author of the story, Madeleine Meyers, became interested in the event described in Mama Votes! when working on a book on Woman Suffrage. While doing research for Forward Into Light: The Struggle for Woman’s Suffrage (Discovery Enterprises, Ltd., 1994) she learned of the events of 1872 and first encountered the famous letter in which Susan B. Anthony says “I have been and gone and done it.” With the approach of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, Ms. Meyers felt it was the perfect time to introduce girls and boys to this courageous attempt to vote. More recently, watching a young girl’s delight with reading a play aloud inspired her to include a play version of the story. Ms. Meyers’ career includes work as a children’s librarian, and as the Coordinator of Education Outreach and Librarian at an MIT research facility. She has authored a weekly newspaper column, and is the co-author of several articles on science education. This is her fifth book.
Priscilla Stevens Playwright
Priscilla Stevens began her career in playwriting by teaching about 40 students in grades 1-3 in a one-room schoolhouse in Vermont how to write a musical play about Spring. This sparked a 37-year career of teaching students of all ages to write plays, songs, musicals, and operas, and of producing some of her own plays as well. In addition, she taught English, Theatre Arts, and Acting at the high school and college levels, directed plays and musicals for high school and college, and founded Shakespearean Players groups at various schools. She is affiliated with the Folger Shakespeare Library as a member of their Shakespeare book discussion group and the Shakespeare 2020 project, and she holds memberships in several literary societies. As a freelance director, she created productions in regional repertory theatre in Northern Ireland, designed sets, lighting, and costumes for various theatre productions over the years, acted, and recently directed and presented narration for a variety of events and productions, including those for a small New England opera company. She has done research and presentations on theater and costume history, and is currently preparing pre-concert talks for large chorus concerts. She is always, always writing more plays, musical scripts, and literary, historical, and entertainment narratives and presentations.
- Title: Mama Votes
- Author: Madeleine Meyers, Priscilla Stevens
- ISBN: 9781647865870
- Type: Paper
- Publication Date: Aug, 2020
- Price: $8.99