DEI Stories: Women's History Month x California Gold Rush
DEI Stories: Women's History Month x California Gold Rush

By Melissa Casillas, 4th Grade Teacher
 
In correlation with our Gold Rush unit and Women's History Month, students read and learned about Charlotte Darkey Parkhurst, otherwise known as "One-Eyed Charley." Charley served as the first woman stagecoach driver during the 1850's. Orphaned as a child, she disguised herself as a man to make a living. Because of the way she lived, she is one of the first women known to own property and vote in California. 
 
After reading about her life, the students wrote persuasive paragraphs discussing whether Charley was right or wrong to vote as a woman before it was legal. Click here to read more about Charley, and click on the image below to read several examples of our students' arguments.