Votes for Women!
October 18, 2011 5:55 PM   Subscribe

I am going to be a suffragette for Halloween.

I have a sash that says Vote for Women, a long black dress and period hat and and I want to pass out prints of these little cards of this beautiful old poster of a woman holding an equality banner.

The question: I want to print a cool women's suffrage movement or equality quote on the back of each one (any language okay). Can you help me find some that aren't particularly cheesy?? Thank you very much.
posted by timpanogos to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
If you want to highlight real women's troubles around the world you could add links to programs that help women around the world. A lot of people don't realize that women in other countries don't have things as good as we do here. I don't have any specific sites for you, but some Google-Fu would probably come up with quite a few.
posted by TooFewShoes at 6:04 PM on October 18, 2011

Best answer: Kate Sheppard (NZ suffragette on the $10 bill) has this to say:

"We are tired of having a 'sphere' doled out to us, and of being told that anything outside that sphere is 'unwomanly'. We want to be natural just for a change ... we must be ourselves at all risks. "
posted by Paragon at 6:18 PM on October 18, 2011

Best answer: Christabel Pankhurst Quotations:

• It is our duty to make this world a better place for women.

• What we suffragettes aspire to be when we are enfranchised is ambassadors of freedom to women in other parts of the world, who are not so free as we are.

• Ability is sexless.

• The inferiority of women is a hideous lie which has been enforced by law and woven into the British constitution.

• We are here to claim our rights as women, not only to be free, but to fight for freedom. It is our privilege, as well as our pride and our joy, to take some part in this militant movement, which, as we believe, means the regeneration of all humanity.

• Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us.

• Where peaceful means had failed, one act of militancy succeeded and never again was the cause ignored by that or any other newspaper.

• We are not ashamed of what we have done, because, when you have a great cause to fight for, the moment of greatest humiliation is the moment when the spirit is proudest.

• Never lose your temper with the Press or the public is a major rule of political life.

She's referenced in the Mary Poppins song Sister Suffragette (what always pops in my head at the mention of the word "suffragette". Imagine all the little girls who were exposed to the notion that women had to fight for those rights through Mary Poppins!):

We're clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for woman's votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group they're rather stupid!

Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done, Sister Suffragette!"

From Kensington to Billingsgate
One hears the restless cries!
From ev'ry corner of the land:
"Womankind, arise!"
Political equality and equal rights with men!
Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!

No more the meek and mild subservients we!
We're fighting for our rights, militantly!
Never you fear!

So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done! Well done!
Well done Sister Suffragette!"
posted by cecic at 6:40 PM on October 18, 2011 [5 favorites]

(US) Susan B. Anthony quotes.
"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations... can never effect a reform."

"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."

(UK) Emmeline Pankhurst quotes.
"There is something that Governments care for far more than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy. Be militant each in your own way. I incite this meeting to rebellion."

"We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers."

List of suffragists & suffragettes for further research/browsing.
posted by likeso at 6:42 PM on October 18, 2011 [1 favorite]

Among her many causes and campaigns, Julia Ward Howe worked for women's suffrage. So you would be well within bounds to use lines from her stirring Mother's Day Proclamation - like:
"Arise then women of this day!"
"Arise all women who have hearts!"
and my fave:
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies!"
posted by Tylwyth Teg at 6:55 PM on October 18, 2011

I love this idea but I would also love to hear what some of these amazing women went through to fight for this right. I'd love to read a couple bios of early suffragettes.
posted by beccaj at 7:21 PM on October 18, 2011

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "Well behaved women rarely make history."
posted by SuzySmith at 7:37 PM on October 18, 2011

Best answer: Alice Paul was arrested carrying a banner that read "The time has come to conquer or submit, for us there is but one choice - we have made it." Which was a quote from Pres. Wilson so maybe it's not self evidently suffrage related.
posted by interplanetjanet at 8:01 PM on October 18, 2011

It's a very small point, but I believe 'suffragist' is/was the preferred term over 'suffragette'.
posted by easily confused at 2:35 AM on October 19, 2011 [3 favorites]

"Forward out of error, Forward into light" was the motto of the US National Woman's Party.

"Deeds, not words" was the motto of the UK Women's Social and Political Union.

"The prolonged slavery of women is the darkest page in human history." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902)

"The Bible and Church have been the greatest stumbling block in the way of woman's emancipation." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

If you're in the UK, do you have green, white and purple ribbons to trim your sash or your hat? If in the US, the green is replaced by yellow/gold. (Source)
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:41 AM on October 19, 2011

Response by poster: Thank you all, these are wonderful.
posted by timpanogos at 6:10 AM on October 19, 2011

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