For Women, Votes!
Publication: The Student
Published: 29 January 1909
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
Herbert Henry Asquith (1852-1928)
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Edinburgh University Library
Classmark(s): EUA IN20/PUB/1
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.