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Willard celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016!

Centennial Celebration:
Sunday, October 16, 2016 (stay tuned for details!)

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Did you know…?

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Willard School was named for Frances Willard (1839 –1898), an American educator, temperance reformer, and women’s suffragist. Her influence was instrumental in the passage of the Eighteenth (Prohibition) and Nineteenth (Women’s Suffrage) Amendments to the United States Constitution. As national president of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) for 19 years, Willard believed that alcohol abuse was a key factor in the suffering and oppression of women and children. She strongly believed society’s ills and inequalities could only be eliminated if women had the right to vote. She adopted the slogan “Do Everything,” and her causes included federal aid to education, free school lunches, the eight-hour work day, national transportation, strong anti-rape laws, and protections against child abuse. Willard’s spirit of personal adventure and liberation led her to take up bicycle riding in her fifties, the last decade of her life. As she described in her enthusiastic book about the experience, A Wheel within a Wheel; How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle, she viewed the “conquest” of the bicycle as similar to the mastery that women needed to achieve over the “wider world.”