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.
Something Worth Doing by Jane Kirkpatrick is a phenomenal read. The emotional journey immediately swept me up into the book. I was impressed. All the feels grabbed me. The fears, loss, grief, love, and ambition are covered in this book. It was an epic rollercoaster ride. When the ending came, I was sad that the journey had come to an end. I wasn’t ready to finish the book. The characters are fantastic. Realistic, quirky, caring, hardworking, and smart. They work hard for their life. They did everything they could to help and provide not only for themselves but for others. As in this case, the heroine fought for women’s rights. She did so much. Her marriage with her husband Ben was a good one. I enjoyed that part, too. Overall, I recommend readers to dig into this novel. It was worth every page!