Junior Suffrage Centennial Activity
Poetry Can Be Powerful
Write a poem or limerick about what is important in your town or community.
Time needed: 30–60 minutes
Writing paper and pen or a computer with word-processing software
By 1916, suffragists had grown tired of waiting to gain voting rights, so they began to protest and picket in front of the White House. They wrote letters and made speeches arguing for the right to vote.
Stories and poems can encourage people to listen to what you have to say about topics that they may disagree with you about. They can help change someone else’s perspective, especially when they are humorous, like a limerick.
Think about things that are happening in your town, school, or community. What would you like to see change?
Write a poem or limerick that tells people about the problem and what you would like to see happen to fix it. Read it out loud to friends and family and ask them if they see the problem any differently because of what you wrote.
Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.
Adapted from the Activities in the Suffrage Centennial Toolkit. Earn Your Suffrage Centennial Patch: A Guide for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors.