All Women Should Be Beholden for Women Like This – My Book Review


A Novel of an Early Suffragist


Jane Kirkpatrick

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction 

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: September 1, 2020 

Number of Pages: 336

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About The Book, Something Worth Doing

Some things are worth doing—even when the cost is great 

In 1853, Abigail Scott was a nineteen-year-old schoolteacher 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 Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family, what she sees as a working woman appalls her—and prompts her to devote her life to fighting for the rights of women, including the right to vote. 

Based on a true story, Something Worth Doing will resonate with modern women who still grapple with the pull between career and family, finding their place in the public sphere, and dealing with frustrations and prejudices when competing in male-dominated spaces.


“I have long admired Jane Kirkpatrick’s rich historical fiction, and Something Worth Doing is well worth reading! Oregonian Abigail Duniway is a vibrant, fiercely passionate, and determined activist who fought for women’s suffrage. Women of today have cause to respect and admire her—as well as the loving, patient, and supportive husband who encouraged her to continue ‘the silent hunt.'” —Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love 

“On the trail to Oregon, young Jenny Scott lost her beloved mother and little brother and learned that no matter what, she must persist until she reaches her goal. Remembering her mother’s words—’a woman’s life is so hard’—the young woman who became Abigail Scott Duniway came to understand through observation and experience that law and custom favored men. The author brings alive Abigail’s struggles as frontier wife and mother turned newspaper publisher, prolific writer, and activist in her lifelong battle to win the vote and other rights for women in Oregon and beyond. Jane Kirkpatrick’s story of this persistent, passionate, and bold Oregon icon is indeed Something Worth Doing!” —Susan G. Butruille, author of Women’s Voices from the Oregon Trail, now in a 25th anniversary edition

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All Women Should Be Beholden for Women Like This – My Book Review

This 2020 year is the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment which affirmed U.S. women’s citizenship and granted us the right to vote. A most historical moment if you are a woman. To coincide with this historic anniversary was being able to read an exquisite book to help celebrate this momentous anniversary, Something Worth Doing by author Jane Kirkpatrick.

It is books like these that should be read by every girl and woman. Why do I make such a profound statement? Here you are…

We as a society take too much for granted, especially women in this modern era. It was because of women like Abigail Scott Duniway, who is the central character in this book who recognized that women deserved to have their voices heard, to be recognized as having valuable insights, and should be treated like men in helping decide how they wanted their local, state, and national governments run.

Something Worth Doing presents quite well the historical perspective that women’s struggles were long, enduring development. This was not a process that was within the span of a few years, it was a prolonged one where little steps were made yearly.  Often those inroads saw setbacks but it never deterred women like Abigail for pressing forward one step at a time.

Fictionalizing the story of Abigail is woven around a treasure trove of facts. The story is so well-written that I got lost in the story the more I read it. But the beauty of this book is how the author brought Abigail, Susan B. Anthony, and a host of others to life through her words.

The author inspired me to want to see photos of Abigail. Thankfully, the Find-a-Grave website has photos of her, her husband, and her children. I even discovered Abigail’s voter registration card. Can you imagine if all of us, as women kept our first voter registration card?

Abigail’s Voter Registration Card

In this photograph, which ran in The Oregonian on February 15, 1913, Abigail Scott Duniway is seated at a table signing a precinct voter registration book with County Clerk John B. Coffey standing beside her. Duniway was the first female voter to register in Multnomah County.

If it were not for these pioneer women, like Abigail, we would not have had the 19th Amendment. Yes – it would have come to pass, but not as early on as it did 100 years ago. Something Worth Doing is a must, must-read to help women of all ages understand and appreciate where whose predecessors were and where we are today.

Thank you, thank you, Jane, for this motivating story for us all.

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR, Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including One More River to CrossEverything She Didn’t SayAll Together in One PlaceA Light in the WildernessThe Memory WeaverThis Road We Traveled, and A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. 

Her works have won the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award for Historical Fiction, and the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award. Jane divides her time between Central Oregon and California with her husband, Jerry, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Caesar.

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