Over $1.3 billion in Perkins funding from the federal government pours into secondary and post-secondary schools every year, totaling billions since 2006, and the effect has been minimal at best. A major factor: we need to solve the problem of helping people train for their future, not for a singular job. Instead of “education to earn a job” this needs to become “education for a life”. It needs to be available to all. And I believe in some forms it has begun but not been fully realized.
Primary sources uncover stories and a perspective that we struggle to understand hundreds of years after the fact. For example, Sarah Wallace Pease's 1897 paper "Recollections of Sarah Wallace Pease" recalls her experience serving on a grand jury. Pease was one of the first women in the entire United States to serve on a jury after Wyoming signed woman suffrage into law in 1870 and soon after allowed women to serve on juries.
We are so happy to announce the release of our fifth Guided Tour on our Library of Congress funded Voices for Suffrage web application: Origins! Guided Tours are 20-minute guided lessons including videos and interactive activities to teach a specific piece of the movement.