In 1827, when Clarina Nichols was a teenager, she remembers, “I had a longing desire to do good.” But America wasn’t ready for an ambitious, intelligent young woman. Clarina was supposed to get married and start a family.
But when her husband turned abusive, and the law offered her little protection, Clarina stepped out on her own — something a proper woman just didn’t do.
This is the amazing true story of the world’s first women’s rights movement, and the woman who took it to the West. Clarina Nichols is for people looking for role models in history who can inspire the girls of tomorrow.
Named as a best Young Adult book for 2017 by the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project, Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women’s Rights is suitable for readers 12 and up.
“Readers will gain a sense of the bravery and conviction it took for Nichols and other women to challenge unjust and ingrained ideologies in order to ensure freedom for future generations.”
(Publishers Weekly, Nov. 30, 2015)
Diane Eickhoff grew up on a farm in Minnesota, taught school in Appalachia and New York, and helped edit a newspaper for an anti-poverty program in Alabama. She has written widely for publications aimed at high school and younger readers. Her biography, Revolutionary Heart, was named a Kansas Notable Book in 2007. With her husband Aaron Barnhart she presents programs for MCPL, the Kansas and Missouri humanities councils, and the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of Kansas.