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Nakoma School

A teacher and children pose in front of the one-room Nakoma School, built in the 1860s and standing until 1917 on what today is the site of Thoreau Elementary on Nakoma Road in Madison. 

WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

This State Journal editorial ran on Dec. 8, 1916:

It is not expected that the Madison City Council will put a woman on the School Board, though it should. It’s high time the City Council rendered the city this service. It is time the feminine viewpoint was injected into the administration of our public schools.

If the town council would add a woman to the School Board, it would evidence an up-to-dateness that it has heretofore failed to show, and it would win the gratitude of the mothers of Madison.

In its deliberations on this matter, let the council remember that mothers are interested in the schools quite as much as the voters. Here’s hoping.

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