Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick
Published: September 1, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 336 pages
About the book:
In 1853, Abigail Scott was a 19-year-old school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When financial mistakes and an injury force Ben to stop working, Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family. What she sees as a working woman appalls her, and she devotes her life to fighting for the rights of women, including their right to vote.
Following Abigail as she bears six children, runs a millinery and a private school, helps on the farm, writes novels, gives speeches, and eventually runs a newspaper supporting women’s suffrage, Something Worth Doing explores issues that will resonate strongly with modern women: the pull between career and family, finding one’s place in the public sphere, and dealing with frustrations and prejudices women encounter when they compete in male-dominated spaces. Based on a true story of a pioneer for women’s rights from award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick will inspire you to believe that some things are worth doing–even when the cost is great.
I’m not sure how I felt about this book. It was interesting since it was about a real woman, but there were some things that I didn’t like. I liked how Abigail stood up for women. I didn’t like how whiny she came across as. I felt bad for her husband and children though. It seemed like the only thing that mattered to her was the cause for women. Overall, it was a okay read.