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May 29, 2014

Claremore High School senior earns 3rd place in National History Day contest

CLAREMORE —

Claremore High School senior Jessica Hammer recently earned third place in the state portion of the National History Day contest held May 7-8 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. 
Hammer was among more than 500 junior high and high school students who competed in the contest.
Every year, thousands of students across the state spend countless hours preparing exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites and essays for National History Day. 
Hammer chose to prepare an essay titled “Emmeline Pankhurst and the Fight for Women’s suffrage in England.” Through extensive research, Hammer presented her work at a regional competition in Tahlequah before the state contest in OKC.
Pankhurst, a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement, helped women earn the right to vote around the turn of the 20th century. 
Pankhurst and several colleagues founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, and organization open only to women and focused on “direct action” to win the vote.
Hammer said she thought it was interesting that the women’s union used militant forces to gain attention for the cause. She said she was inspired to write her essay after learning about the group’s determination and purpose at a time when women’s rights were unimaginable.
For more information about Oklahoma National History Day contest, visit okhistory.org.

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