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For Women, Votes!

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Anon

Publication: The Student

Published: 29 January 1909

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Herbert Henry Asquith (1852-1928)

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Edinburgh University Library
Classmark(s): EUA IN20/PUB/1
Pages(s): 274

This poem attacks thos campaigning for 'votes for women' - one campaigner is described as a 'freak' who passes through 'old Princes Street' with an apron that states, 'For Women, Votes'.  She is also portrayed has having a long nose and shrieking.  An old man is then introduced who wishes they were all dead.  The women are advised not to cross Asquith's path - a poem which adopts the typical rhetoric of anti-reformers who wanted to suppress the movement: the view that public campaigning and agitation will put the public off the idea of votes for women.