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Who?

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Kate W. Evans

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): RB.s.591
Pages(s): 22

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).  This is the second poem titled 'Who?' in Holloway Jingles by Evans, who little is known about.  In this poem, a male speaker (presumably the Holloway chaplain) who states that he finds the suffragettes 'very rude' because they 'almost mock me to my face' every time he goes into a cell.  He then asks the suffragettes 'what can I do?'.  They respond with: 'join at once the M.P.U.' - the Men's Political Union for women's enfranchisement.