Belle Case La Follette

Ballots and Bloomers

1859–1931

How do you make history?

At a time when women were expected to stay at home, Belle Case La Follette went out—first to pursue a university education, and then to fight for women’s access to the ballot box, and for peace. Her ideas and way with words made her into a trusted advisor in a family of political leaders, and she went on to advise both from backstage and then at the podium. Belle stepped over the stereotypical expectations of women of her time to advocate for important changes that continue to resonate today.

Meet Belle Case La Follette

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Questions to Consider

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Belle spent a lot of time with her grandmother when she was young, who taught her to value hard work and education. How did those values affect what she did as she got older? Do you have someone in your life like Belle’s grandmother? How has that person inspired you?

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While not a fan of the spotlight, Belle still made her voice heard about the things that mattered to her. How did she do that? What are ways that you could stand up for what you care about?

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Even after the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, there was still more to do to make it possible for all women to vote. Why? What happened in the years after 1920?

Read On

Illustrated portrait of Belle Case La Follette

Belle Case La Follette: Ballots and Bloomers

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Project Credits

Producer
Dan Kaplan
Becky Marburger

Associate Producer
Joe Young

Animation & Illustration
The Brave Union

Audiobook Narration
Kiara Bonilla

Audiobook Editing
Kerman Eckes

Captioning
Catie Pfeifer
Vicki Way Kipp

Educator Support Materials
Mia Forslund

Web
John Vieth
Erika Kachama-Nkoy
Tim Schneider

Design
Charles Barrows

Translation Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison Cultural Linguistic Services

Executive Producer
Peggy Garties

Special Thanks
Marta Bechtol
Kurt Griesemer

Story Advisors

Brenda Autz
Park Elementary School
Middleton, WI
(2013)

Kaitlyn Beguhl
Section Elementary School
Mukwonago, WI

Charlene Dupler
Lakeview Elementary School
Wind Lake, WI

Kurt Griesemer
Wisconsin HIstorical Society
Madison, WI
(2013)

Kerri Lintl
Merrimac Community School
Merrimac, WI
(2021)

Darcy Maxwell
Summit Environmental School
La Crosse, WI
(2021)

Kristen McDaniel
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Madison, WI
(2013)

David J. O’Connor
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Madison, WI
(2013)

Amanda Price
Marshall Elementary School
Marshall, WI
(2013)

Corey Thompson
Cardinal Stritch University
(2013)

Stephanie Unertl
Lake Mills Area School District
Lake Mills, WI
(2013)