Women Shall be Free
This song is written by Helen Crawfurd, a Glaswegian suffragette who would become a prominent member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and a town councillor for Dunoon. The song appears in a suffragette convention programme and it serves as a rallying cry for suffragettes. The poem's refrain stresses that the call for 'votes for women' is a 'just demand' and that the suffragettes will not back down until 'women shall be free'. The poem also explains the logic behind the suffragettes' position: women are portrayed as hard workers who are also capable of holding high office - Queen Victoria is held up as a woman who has 'graced our country's throne / For half-a-hundred years'. The concluding stanza instructs suffragettes to put pressure on those who have made 'pledges' to the suffragettes.