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[There was a small woman called G]

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Anon

Publication: Holloway Jingles

Publisher: Glasgow Branch of the W.S.P.U (Women's Social and Political Union)

Published: 1912

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Chapbook

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RBS.s.591
Pages(s): 14

This poem appears in Holloway Jingles, a collection of poems written by militant suffragettes serving sentences in Holloway Prison during March and April, 1912, which were compiled by a Glaswegian inmate, Nancy A. John, and subsequently published by the Glasgow branch of the W.S.P.U. (the militarist Women's Social and Political Union).  The subject of this poem is a woman called 'G' who smashed 'two big windows at B'.  It describes her attempts to defend herself, but they were of no use as the authorities' 'heads were so dense'.  The refrain throughout the poem is that 'Votes must be kept, must be kept for the male', but the final line reads: 'Votes shall not alone be kept for the male' - highlighting the suffragettes continued resistance.