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Meg and Jean

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: T. D. Shaw

Publication: Partick Gazette

Published: 23 February 1918

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Reel no: NP15010
Pages(s): 1

This poem forms a dialouge between two characters, Meg Tamson and Jean Broon.  The subject of their conversation is queuing for food, a common reality during World War I.  They both complain about standing in the cold and wet and about alchoholism.  However, Jean states to Meg that 'the day isna very far off / When weemin will a' ha'e their chance / Tae send tae the Commons richt teetotal men'.  It was during this month that the first women were enfranchised by the Representation of the People Act 1918; this poem looks forward to a time when all women will have the vote.  Scotstoun is referenced alongside the author's name, which is presumably where the poem was written; the Partick Gazette was the advertiser for Partick, Whiteinch and Scotstoun.