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In 1853, Abigail Scott was a 19-year-old school teacher in Oregon Territory when she married Ben Duniway. Marriage meant giving up on teaching, but Abigail always believed she was meant to be more than a good wife and mother. When Abigail becomes the primary breadwinner for her growing family, what she sees as a working woman appalls her – and prompts her to devote her life to fighting for the rights of women, including the right to vote.

Based on a true story, Something Worth Doing will resonate strongly with modern women who still grapple with the pull between career and family, finding their place in the public sphere, and dealing with frustrations and prejudices when competing in male-dominated spaces. 


  • Finalist, 2021, Will Rogers Medallion Award – Maverick (new category in 2021)
  • Bestseller List, 2020, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
  • Bestseller List, 2020, Library Journal, Christian Fiction


“Kirkpatrick offers a powerful fictionalized version of the remarkable life of Abigail Scott Duniway, a fierce advocate for women’s rights.”—Booklist ** Starred Review** (See the review here)

“A phenomenal read. The emotional journey immediately swept me up into the book.”—Urban Lit Magazine

“Kirkpatrick has a wonderful voice in historical fiction. The stories that she creates are out of this world! This book definitely deserves more than 5 stars!”—Interviews & Reviews

“This is a moving account of a formidable woman… I found it both fascinating and inspiring and a joy to read.”—Historical Novel Society

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