It is Rights Week in the Lower School and the second grade has been focusing on women’s rights. In particular, they have been learning about the suffragette movement that gained women the right to vote in the United States. Today, to drive home the importance of that fight, second grade teachers conducted a bit of a social experiment with their students.
Promising an ice cream treat at the end of the week, teachers allowed students to vote on what flavor would be available. The catch, only the boys were allowed to vote. After the vote, everyone discussed the inherent unfairness of excluding the girls. Then they created signs and marched through the lower school and the playground demanding that women be given the right to vote just as suffragettes did over one hundred years ago. Their activism paid off and when they returned to their class they recast their votes but this time with the girls’ votes included.