Storytelling Archive: Blandine du Sordet

Women Leading the Way



Blandine du Sordet

Blandine du Sordet

Lycée Français de New York | New York, NY

I had the joy to lead this project with my fifth grade students for a whole year. Each student researched a woman who has been involved in creating, discovering, or advancing something for the benefit of humanity.

Many names were unknown to us but little by little these women became familiar to us. In drawing their portraits, the children also discovered their features and totally took ownership of the actions and lives of these pioneers.

This project was ambitious and the students rose up to the challenge wonderfully. We all came away feeling so proud of the outcome, with a new outlook and a beautiful exhibition!

RAPHAELLE | 5th Grade

 ANNIE KENNEY  /  RAYMONDE

The next day the same group of ladies came with posters saying: they want the right to vote. At the end of the day they called themselves M.L.F. (Movement de Libération des Femmes). VIEW PDF +

KEMLY | 5th Grade

 MARGUERITE DURAND  /  SELPHA

My grandmother voted for the first time on November 6, 1984 when she was fifty-two years old. In the election, Ronald Reagan was running against Walter Mondale. VIEW PDF +

ALVARO | 5th Grade

 CHRISTABEL PANKHURST  /  SELENA

While she was in line to vote with her older sister, her mom and a journalist took a picture of them because it was the first time we could see three women together, who were in line to vote. VIEW PDF +

SHERSHAH | 5th Grade

 EMILY DAVISON  /  MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER

Finally, Pakistan was independent in 1942, and my great-grandmother was 33. It was far from finished because they had to build an entire country! VIEW PDF +

SARAH | 5th Grade

 SARAH MOORE GRIMKÉ  /  MARGUERITE

Marguerite wanted women to be able to vote, but she didn’t want to be like her friends who had already gone to prison at least three times. VIEW PDF +

JEANNE-LETTICE | 5th Grade

 JEANNETTE RANKIN  /  JEANNE

About her great-grandmother: Jeanne had two brothers whom she took care of a lot. She did continue her studies beyond school with the aim of becoming a teacher and opening her own school. VIEW PDF +

PAUL | 5th Grade

 ANNA MARIA MOZZONI  /  ANN

In October 1905, a girl named Ann was born in the United States of America. She was my great-grandmother on my mother’s side. She was the first woman in my family to vote. VIEW PDF +

TARA | 5th Grade

 ANNA HOWARD SHAW  /  GRETA

In 1952, two groups of Lebanese women feminists got together to earn the right to vote. One of the group was called The Lebanese Council of Women and the other The Lebanese Arab Women’s Union. VIEW PDF +

ANGIE | 5th Grade

 INESSA ARMAND  /  DORA

At that time, Stalin was in charge of the country. When the Russians obtained the right to vote they had no choice but to vote for Stalin. That means there were not any other candidates. VIEW PDF +

HANNAH | 5th Grade

 ELIZABETH CADY STANTON  /  NELIDA

At that time, the brazilian dictator Getulio Vargas was in power in Brazil. Nelida went to protest in New York City in 1969, for the right to vote for women, but also to defend the freedom of speech. VIEW PDF +

CASH | 5th Grade

 CLEMENTINA BLACK  /  GERMAINE

Without women, men wouldn’t have the ability to reproduce, so from this fact women are just as important as men are to this planet. It is for this reason that women should be treated more equally. VIEW PDF +

JULIE | 5th Grade

 MINNA CAUER  /  MARIE-LOUISE

I think the women of that time were very brave. My great-grandmother was brave too. Some of those women were put in jail. Some even gave their life to gain the right to vote. VIEW PDF +

CHARLES | 5th Grade

 MARIANNE HAINISCH  /  ANNA

When she voted, she was around 15 years old. Anna had black hair, a round head, brown eyes, and she never wore hats except if it was raining. She was from Tunisia and she voted in Tunisia. VIEW PDF +

RACHELLE | 5th Grade

 HELENA SWANWICK  /  MARIE-GERMAINE

At that time, President Aristide was in power in Haïti and men were regarded as being superior while women cooked and dealt with their children. VIEW PDF +

GRIFFIN | 5th Grade

 FRANCES PERKINS  /  LOUISE MOTTE

They proved that they were able to replace men at work and therefore asked for the right to vote. The chamber of deputy voted in favor, but the propositions were six times turned down by the Senate. VIEW PDF +

MIA | 5th Grade

 ANITA AUGSPURG  /  EDNA

Edna had four sons, my grandfather was the youngest of all of them. She was married in 1919. It was her husband who decided of political opinions for the family. VIEW PDF +

LIAM | 5th Grade

 ADA JONES  /  MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER

As I already mentioned above, my great-grandfather wanted to push my great-grandmother to vote like him. Since the voting was secret, my great-grandmother voted as she wanted. VIEW PDF +

HARRY | 5th Grade

 FRANCES WILLARD  /  ROSALIA

September 1st 1903, Rosiala was 4 years old. She was looking out the window and she saw all her brothers going to school. Rosiala did not go to school because she was a girl. VIEW PDF +

ANDRES | 5th Grade

 LOUISE MCKINNEY  /  CLEMENTINE

In the streets of Congo, there were a lot of women’s demonstrations. The people had enough of it. A lot of women who were demonstrating went to jail. VIEW PDF +