I’m guessing that most of the people reading this blog have taken a few history courses. To me, it always felt as if American history classes spent the first third of the year on the revolution. And that makes some sense. I mean, the foundation of our country should be inspected for sure. And who doesn’t love to hear about our fore bearers fighting for freedom?
But I have a bone to pick with curriculum writers. You see, only a part of the population got to vote. White dudes. Yep, that’s pretty much it. HALF of the population was denied access because of gender. It’s mentioned, but definitely skimmed over. And you know what, I’ve totally come to terms with that part. The part I take issue with is when, at the end of the semester, the women’s suffrage movement gets maybe half a lecture. Anyone else think that’s ridiculous? I remember tons of facts on how much suffering and effort went into the revolutionary war but I have a hard time naming more than one or two leaders in the suffrage movement. And I’m pretty sure that if you asked people about the Seneca Falls Convention, they would probably shrug their shoulders and ask if it was a tech conference.
But there is good news. First, my rant is almost over. Second, there is an amazing new film with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, and Meryl Streep that shows some of the struggles our amazing foremothers (admittedly from across the pond) fought to secure a voice for US. It shows the violence, injustices, and heart ache that these women endured. I’m so unbelievably grateful for their determination and grit in a time when those things were not considered fitting attributes for women, much less ladies.
So my suggestion is simple: Go see the movie. Learn about this pivotal time in history. Support film makers who highlight this struggle. Plan to make it a ladies night and take all your girlfriends. And right now, watch the trailer and then immediately mark your calendars for October 23rd.