How exactly did the debate go on in the House of Commons in 1918? As male MPs argued for and against granting women the right to vote, then-Conservative Prime Minister Robert Borden introduced a bill to allow women whose immediate male relatives or spouses were drafted into the war.
–Charlotte Perkins Gilman: American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. From Women and Economics (1898)
From the official website:
“Terms such as, “unwomanly”, “disgusting”, “undesirable”, “manly” and insinuations of being unable to fulfill expected womanly tasks were more often than not utilized to create a very specific image of a woman who sought the right to vote.”
Link to a great article by blogger criminalizingdissent on depictions of women suffragettes in the media.
Is that so different from how our female politicians are treated today by the media? It seems things have hardly changed – read more here.
But I do hope that it will in some measure open the eyes of humanity to the truth that the women who bear and train the nation’s sons should have some voice in the political issues that may send those sons to die on the battlefields.
–Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of “Anne of Green Gables”
“Who will mind the baby?” cried one of our public men, in great agony of spirit, “when the mother goes to vote?” One woman replied that she thought she could get the person that minded it when she went to pay her taxes – which seemed to be a fairly reasonable proposition.
-Nellie McClung, member of the Famous Five, author, suffragist
Some of the protests in Britain led to violent clashes between suffragettes and police. Here’s how the women starting fighting back.