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"The suffragists are all over the newspapers these days. Father fumes and frets about it and Mother soothes him, saying it will never be put into law. " Everything is changing for women in 1913. The "Washington Post" is full of headlines about the suffragists. More women are working to support themselves. The nearly 100-year battle for women's right to vote is coming close "The suffragists are all over the newspapers these days. Father fumes and frets about it and Mother soothes him, saying it will never be put into law. " Everything is changing for women in 1913. The "Washington Post" is full of headlines about the suffragists. More women are working to support themselves. The nearly 100-year battle for women's right to vote is coming closer to victory. Francesca Vigilucci's father rages about it; her mother avoids the topic altogether. Francesca only knows she doesn't want the future her parents have planned for her, a life of privilege and good works as the obedient wife to a successful man. The only person who seems to understand is Laura, a cleaning girl in the Vigilucci household. Then a prominent suffragist, in town for the White House picket line and a suffragist parade, comes to one of Mother's charity luncheons. Francesca finds the courage to admit her secret dream of becoming a reporter -- but how can she ever persuade her parents?


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"The suffragists are all over the newspapers these days. Father fumes and frets about it and Mother soothes him, saying it will never be put into law. " Everything is changing for women in 1913. The "Washington Post" is full of headlines about the suffragists. More women are working to support themselves. The nearly 100-year battle for women's right to vote is coming close "The suffragists are all over the newspapers these days. Father fumes and frets about it and Mother soothes him, saying it will never be put into law. " Everything is changing for women in 1913. The "Washington Post" is full of headlines about the suffragists. More women are working to support themselves. The nearly 100-year battle for women's right to vote is coming closer to victory. Francesca Vigilucci's father rages about it; her mother avoids the topic altogether. Francesca only knows she doesn't want the future her parents have planned for her, a life of privilege and good works as the obedient wife to a successful man. The only person who seems to understand is Laura, a cleaning girl in the Vigilucci household. Then a prominent suffragist, in town for the White House picket line and a suffragist parade, comes to one of Mother's charity luncheons. Francesca finds the courage to admit her secret dream of becoming a reporter -- but how can she ever persuade her parents?

40 review for Francesca Vigilucci: Washington DC, 1913

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos

    I nice story about a girl of privilege (11 yrs old) who learns about the suffragist movement in early 1913. It does a good job of showing the wide variety of positions people had during the time. It avoids polarizing all characters into one of two camps. It includes the complexities of the issue relative to class and family circumstance as well. A good treatment all around.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Standing for what is good and right can be difficult and costly, but is the way to change.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Thirteen-year-old Francesca Vigilucci has always lived a privileged life in Washington, D.C., as the daughter of a wealthy lawyer. The year is 1913, and things are changing for women in the United States - although it seems as though life in the Vigilucci household is no different than it has always been. Francesca knows that her parents expect her to marry a wealthy man and raise a family, but that's not the life she dreams of. She longs to attend college and start an exciting career, instead o Thirteen-year-old Francesca Vigilucci has always lived a privileged life in Washington, D.C., as the daughter of a wealthy lawyer. The year is 1913, and things are changing for women in the United States - although it seems as though life in the Vigilucci household is no different than it has always been. Francesca knows that her parents expect her to marry a wealthy man and raise a family, but that's not the life she dreams of. She longs to attend college and start an exciting career, instead of living a life like her mother's - a life that would be boring to Francesca. The only person she can share her dreams with is Laura, a girl her age who works as a servant in the Vigilucci home. The girls long to attend the suffragist parade to show their support for the women fighting to win the right to vote, but with Francesca's grumpy, traditional aunt in town, will they be able to find a way? This was another excellent addition to the American Diaries series. Kathleen Duey brought to life both the suffragist movement and the varying social conditions of the wealthy and the impoverished in early twentieth century America.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Miss Amanda

    gr 3-6 128 pgs 1913, Washington DC. 13 year old Francesca's parents do not approve of suffragists or women working outside the home, but Francesca dreams of being a reporter and is curious about the suffragists. When she meets Katherine Sullivan, a famous suffragist, she finds someone who takes her dreams of a reporter seriously. Francesca wants to see the suffragist parade, but she's sure her parents would never let her go or will they? Great story!

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