Music forWomen’s Suffrage Katie Marto Music 1234
Introduction• Women have faced many challenges though out history. One of those many challenges is gaining the right to vote. Women were legally not able to vote until 1920. This was achieved through the 19th Amendment.
Susan B. Anthony • Susan B. Anthony was a leader during the women’s suffrage movement. She lectured on women’s rights and secured the ﬁrst laws in New York about women’s rights of property. She also organized the National Women’s Suffrage Association with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was also arrested for trying to vote. Eventually her efforts paid off, but not while she was alive.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton• She was also a leader for the women’s suffrage movement. Her and Lucretia Mott called the ﬁrst women’s rights convention. She also helped compile the ﬁrst three volumes of History of Women’s Suffrage with several others. She played an important role in women’s rights.
Sojourner Truth • Sojourner Truth was a traveling preacher until she became connected to the women’s suffrage movement. Her real name is Isabella Baumfree. She changed her name because according to her, these were the instructions of the Holy Spirit. She did a famous speech called Aint I a Woman? which did at a women’s rights conference.
Lucretia Mott• Lucretia Mott was another pioneer for the women’s suffrage movement. She helped plan the ﬁrst women’s rights conference along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was also the president of the American Equal Rights Association.
Music played an important role in supportingwomen’s suffrage. “Patriotic woman suffrage songsbecame important parts of each state’s campaignand within the woman suffrage organizationsthemselves” (11). They used music to bring peopletogether and talk about women’s suffrage. “At aSuffrage Day parade in Chicago, supportersoutside sang “The March of the Women” whilewomen representing each of the 531 congressionaldistricts marched to Capitol Hill and presented apetition for the Federal amendment” (11).
• “Like other social causes, the suffrage movement provided inspiration to a number of song writers, both women and men” (13).
This is a photograph for a women’s suffrage demonstration in 1913.
I found this video online and found it veryinteresting. I know it may be a little blunt, but JohnLennon sings about women having the image of a“nigger” to the world. I don’t necessarily agree withhis word choice, but I agree with how peoplethought of women throughout the world. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=VS78MX8Zmdk&feature=related
Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?(Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?) by L. May WheelerChorus: Oh Dear, what can the matter be Dear dear what can the matter beOh Dear, what can the matter be Oh dear, what can the matter beDear dear what can the matter be Why should men get every vote?Oh dear, what can the matter beWomen are wanting to voteVerses:Women have husbands, they are protectedWomen have sons by whom theyre directedWomen have fathers, theyre not neglected This was a song for women’sWhy are they wanting to vote?Women have homes, there they should labor suffrage. Apparently womenWomen have children whom they should favor already had everything, soWomen have time to learn of each neighborWhy are they wanting to vote? why would they need theWomen can dress, they love societyWomen have cash with all its variety right to vote? This songWomen can pray with sweetest pietyWhy are they wanting to vote? shows why.Women have reared all the sons of the braveWomen have shared n the burdens they gaveWomen have labored this country to saveAnd thats why were going to voteFinal Chorus:
The New America (America) Our country, now from thee,Claim we our liberty, In freedoms name Guarding homes altar fires, Daughters of patriot sires, Their zeal our own inspires, Justice to claimThis song was sung at theNational American Women’s Women in every age, For this great heritage,Suffrage Convention (1891) to Tribute have paidreflect women’s suffrage to be to Our birth-right claim we now, Longer refusefulfill the promise of 1776. to bow, On freedoms altar now, Our hand is laid Sons, will you longer see, Mothers on bended knee, For justice pray?, Rise now, in manhoods might, With earths great souls unite, To speed the dawning light, Of freedoms day
Keep Woman in Her Sphere (Auld Lang Syne) by D. Estabrook I have a neighbor, one of those Who pondered deep all human law Not very hard to find The honest truth to know Who know it all without debate And never change their mind I asked him"What of womans cause?" The answer came sincere --I asked him"What of womans rights?" "Her rights are just the same as mine,He said in tones severe-- Let woman choose her sphere.""My mind on that is all made up,Keep woman in her sphere."I saw a man in tattered garbForth from the grog-shop comeHe squandered all his cash for drink This song was widely used atand starved his wife at home women’s suffrage rallies.I asked him "Should not woman vote"He answered with a sneer--"Ive taught my wife to know her place,Keep woman in her sphere."I met an earnest, thoughtful manNot many days ago
This website is full of women’s suffrage songs, but Iwill only use a few for this powerpoint.http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/gilman/ suffrage/suffrage.html (the next 6 slides are all from this website)
Locked Inside She beats upon her bolted door, With faint weak hands; Drearily walks the narrow floor; Sullenly sits, blank walls before; Despairing stands. Life calls her, Duty, Pleasure, Gain– Her dreams respond; But the blank daylights wax and wane, Dull peace, sharp agony, slow pain– No hope beyond. Till she comes a thought! She lifts her head, The world grows wide! A voice–as if clear words were said– "Your door, O long imprisonéd, Is locked inside!"
We as Women Theres a cry in the air about us– We are going to "purify politics,"We hear it, before, behind– And to "elevate the press."Of the way in which "We, as women," We enter the foul paths of the worldAre going to lift mankind! To sweeten and cleanse and bless.With our white frocks starched and ruffled,And our soft hair brushed and curled– To hear the high things we are going to do,Hats off! for "We, as women," And the horrors of man we tell,Are coming to save the world. One would think, "We, as women," were angels,Fair sisters! listen one moment– And our brothers were fiends of hell.And perhaps youll pause for ten:The business of women as women We, that were born of one mother,Is only with men as men! And reared in the self-same place,What we do, "We, as women," In the school and the church together,We have done all through our life; We of one blood, one race!The work that is ours as womenIs the work of mother and wife. Now then, all forward together!But to elevate public opinion, But remember, every one,And to lift up erring man, That tis not by feminine innocenceIs the work of the Human Being; The work of the world is done.Let us do it–if we can. The world needs strength and courage, And wisdom to help and feed–But wait, warm-hearted sisters– When, "We, as women" bring these to man,Not quite so fast, so far. We shall lift the world indeed.Tell me how we are going to lift a thingAny higher than we are!
The Anti-Suffragists Fashionable women in luxurious homes, And selfish women–pigs in petticoats–With men to feed them, clothe them, pay their bills, Rich, poor, wise, unwise, top or bottom round,Bow, doff the hat, and fetch the handkerchief; But all sublimely innocent of thought,Hostess or guest; and always so supplied And guiltless of ambition, save the oneWith graceful deference and courtesy; Deep, voiceless aspiration–to be fed!Surrounded by their horses, servants, dogs– These have no use for rights or duties more.These tell us they have all the rights they want. Duties today are more than they can meet, And law insures their right to clothes and food–Successful women who have won their way These tell us they have all the rights they want.Alone, with strength of their unaided arm,Or helped by friends, or softly climbing up And, mores the pity, some good women too;By the sweet aid of "womans influence"; Good, conscientious women with ideas;Successful any way, and caring naught Who think–or think they think–that womans causeFor any other womans unsuccess– Is best advanced by letting it alone;These tell us they have all the rights they want. That she somehow is not a human thing,Religious women of the feebler sort– And not to be helped on by human means,Not the religion of a righteous world, Just added to humanity–an "L"–A free, enlightened, upward-reaching world, A wing, a branch, an extra, not mankind–But the religion that considers life These tell us they have all the rights they want.As something to back out of !– whose idealIs to renounce, submit, and sacrifice.Counting on being patted on the head And out of these has come a monstrous thing,And given a high chair when they get to heaven– A strange, down-sucking whirlpool of disgrace,These tell us they have all the rights they want. Women uniting against womanhood, And using that great name to hide their sin! Vain are their words as that old kings commandIgnorant women–college bred sometimes, Who set his will against the rising tide.But ignorant of lifes realities But who shall measure the historic shameAnd principles of righteous government, Of these poor traitors–traitors are they all–And how the privileges they enjoy To great Democracy and Womanhood!Were won with blood and tears by those before–Those they condemn, whose ways they now oppose;Saying, "Why not let well enough alone?"Our world is very pleasant as it is"–These tell us they have all the rights they want.
Girls of To-day Girls of today! Give ear! Second: Since Adam fell,Never since time began Have you not heard it saidHas come to the race of man That men by women are led?A year, a day, an hour, True is the saying–true!So full of promise and power See to it what you do!As the time that now is here! See that you lead them well.Never in all the landsWas there a power so great, Third: You have work of your own!To move the wheels of state, Maid and mother and wife,To lift up body and mind, Look in the face of life!To waken the deaf and blind, There are duties you owe the race!As the power that is in your hands! Outside your dwelling-place There is work for you alone!Here at the gates of goldYou stand in the pride of youth, Maid and mother and wife,Strong in courage and truth, See your own work be done!Stirred by a force kept back Be worthy a noble son!Through centuries long and black, Help man in the upward way!Armed with a power threefold! Truly, a girl today Is the strongest thing in life!First: You are makers of men!Then Be the things you preach!Let your own greatness teach!When Mothers like this you seeMen will be strong and free–Then, and not till then!
Females The female fox she is a fox; My children take my very life;The female whale a whale; Why should I share in human strife,The female eagle holds her place To plant and build and buy?As representative of raceAs truly as the male. The human race holds highest placeThe mother hen doth scratch for her chicks, In all the world so wide,And scratch for herself beside; Yet these inferior females wive,The mother cow doth nurse her calf, And raise their little ones alive,Yet fares as well as her other half And feed themselves beside.In the pasture far and wide.The female bird doth soar in air; Thre race is higher than the sex,The female fish doth swim; Though sex be fair and good;The fleet-foot mare upon the course A Human Creature is your state,Doth hold her own with the flying horse– And to be human is more greatYea and she beateth him! Than even womanhood!One female in the world we findTelling a different tale. The female fox she is a fox;It is the female of our race, The female whale a whale;Who holds a parasitic place The female eagle holds her placeDependent on the male. As representative of raceNot so, saith she, ye slander me! As truly as the male.No parasite am I.I earn my living as a wife;
She Walketh Veiled and Sleeping SHE WALKETH veiled and sleeping, For she knoweth not her power; She obeyeth but the pleading Of her heart, and the high leading Of her soul, unto this hour. Slow advancing, halting, creeping, Comes the Woman to the hour!– She walketh veiled and sleeping, For she knoweth not her power.
This song was more about women’s rights, but thelyrics spoke to me. Women are not property! Weshould have the same rights as men. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=CmOrWG2FTbg
This video is from Mary Poppins. Ms. WinifredBanks sings about women’s right to vote.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvk1NZDFvZU
This is somewhat of a funny video. Although it iscompletely wrong, I thought it was interesting howmany of the girls did not know the correctdeﬁnition of the word “suffrage.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- uPcthZL2RE&feature=player_embedded#at=88