Monday, April 29, 2013

A Friendship that Changed the World by Penny Coleman

     Remember when women could not vote and girls would get less education than men, and when women were made fun of when they wanted to give a speech in public. I wasn't born during this time, but I do remember learning about it in school. The prologue of "A Friendship that Changed the World" invited the reader to "imagine a time in America" when certain things happened and or took place.
    Penny Coleman, the author begins out by introducing the reader to two women, Elizabeth Cady and Susan Anthony. The two met on a street corner in New York during the spring of 1851 and has been attached at the hip every since. She starts off by telling about the childhood of the two women. They were both born into families that came from New England and the two valued education heavily. Susan's family owned a textile mill and Elizabeth's dad became a judge after studying law. The two together were out to reach a goal. They were both determined to create positive change for women's lives everywhere. Elizabeth worked to help fight slavery and Susan was involved with the temperance movement. They were basically fighting for rights that both men and women have today. Some things they were successful with and they failed at other things.    
     As the women were working hard towards reaching their goals, along the way they had negative energy coming their way. Peopled laughed and talked about them and their ideas. Also during this, they lost a lot of friends and they gained some as well. They didn't let anyone or anything get in their way, the two was not giving up.
     Although the two women were not alive during this year women was allowed the same rights as men, they still had a huge influence on the decision. I thought it was a good thing that they worked together and did not give up. The theme behind the story was if you want something bad enough you have to go and get it no matter how long the fight may be, don't give up. Throughout the story, I was getting a little bored because its a book with a lot of facts and not much interaction from the two women. I thought they were very inspiring women and that the book taught me a little more than I knew. Not only were Elizabeth and Susan fighting for women's right, but for the rights and freedom of slaves as well. I would say the book should be read by someone who is really interested in reading non fiction and books based on history. Coleman did a great job.

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