In Emily Arnold McCully’s The Ballot Box Battle, young Cordelia works for Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a women’s rights activist in the 1800’s. Cordelia takes care of Mrs. Stanton’s horse and suffers through Mrs. Stanton’s tales. She is more interested in riding Mrs. Stanton’s horse than the stories until Mrs. Stanton takes her along for a trip to the voting booth on Election Day! What a surprise she is in for when she experiences the discrimination that inspires Mrs. Stanton to fight!
The Ballot Box Battle is a unique look at the women’s suffrage movement through the eyes of a child, making it accessible to school aged children who likely take Women’s rights for granted. Embed this lovely novel in a lesson on Women’s Sufferage…or put an interesting twist on equestrian lesson!