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Question: [ANSWERED] Women's suffrage?

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Asked by bela_the_horse on Wed 15, Mar 2017 10:35pm :
Little girl works in a textile factory in the early 1900s. All the older
girls and women start protesting for workers' rights and all that. It had
beautiful watercolor illustrations. Children's picture book. First page,
the main girl was collecting her week's wages.
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Answer by sallievern on Thu 23, Mar 2017 06:27am:
"The Bobbin Girl" by Emily Arnold McCully
Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. When her mother's income from the
boardinghouse no longer covers their expenses, 10-year-old Rebecca helps
out by working as a bobbin girl at the local textile mill. The young women
who board with Mrs. Putney endure the mill's bad air, loud machinery, high
injury rate, and low wages in the hope of improving their lot, but when the
mill owners threaten to lower their wages, the mill workers stage a
"turnout," refusing to work. Although the protest fails, young Rebecca is
proud of doing the right thing and vows to carry on the struggle. A Lowell,
Massachusetts, textile mill in the 1830s may be an unlikely setting for a
picture book, even one for older readers, but McCully weaves historical
facts and fictional characters into an intriguing story. The author's note
details the background, incidents, and people who inspired the book.
Beautifully composed watercolor paintings give a vivid impression of
America in the 1830s and bring the period to life. A useful book for
history units. Carolyn Phelan

From Kirkus Reviews
Rebecca Putney, ``Bobbin Girl,'' gazes out from the cover of this
exceptional work and draws readers into the fascinating lives of the young
women who were part of the unique social and industrial milieu of the mills
in 19th-century Lowell, Massachusetts. Rebecca, ten, works at the mill to
help her mother's finances. The excitement of employment--of young,
independent women living, working, and learning together--is effectively
contrasted with the need, ultimately, to strike. Judith, an older girl whom
Rebecca admires, inspires the work stoppage; Rebecca decides for herself
whether she, too, will struggle for better working conditions. Exquisite
watercolors are perfectly integrated into the text, extending it and
amplifying it. Many marvelous spreads--workers filing into the imposing
factory, girls gathered in a boardinghouse parlor, an outdoor rally, and,
especially, a tumble of girls rushing down stairs and out of the factory
into the light--beckon readers into another era. A careful author's note
offers background; this is a perfect classroom companion to Katherine
Paterson's Lyddie (1991). Some will say McCully (The Pirate Queen, 1995,
etc.) has surpassed herself. (Picture book. 6-9) -- Copyright 1996, Kirkus
Associates, LP. All rights reserved."

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Comment by bela_the_horse on Mon 20, Mar 2017 09:13pm:
Awesome, thanks!:D


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