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Mock us at your peril

As the campaign for female suffrage gained momentum in late Victorian and Edwardian times, it came as no surprise that the male establishment fought back. Their chief weapon wasn’t reason (as there was none), but mockery.

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Cartoons like this began to appear regularly in newspapers, periodicals and pamphlets.

In the run up to the opening of What Glorious Times They Had, Gabriola Players will be sharing anti-suffrage cartoons and messages, along with pro and anti quotes on our Facebook page. Like us to make sure you don’t miss any of them. Or check back here daily for additions.

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“Nice women don’t want the vote.” Sir Rodmond Roblin, Premier of Manitoba.

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“The usual statement is that I am a remarkable woman because I can do it; the implication is that the average woman is too dumb to succeed at a man’s task – and I resent that implication, for it is false.” E. Cora Hind. (Jean Wyenberg portrays E. Cora Hind in the Gabriola Players production of What Glorious Times They Had.)

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“I had to get a close-hand view of the misery and unhappiness of a man-made world, before I reached the point where I could successfully revolt against it.” Emmeline Pankhurst
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“Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.” Oscar Wilde
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“It is absurd for us to talk of giving our men a chance when they’ve had all the chance there is since Canada had a constitution and especially absurd in view of the fact that we have both hands tied behind our back and can’t give them anything.” Francis Marion Beynon (Donna Deacon portrays Francis Marion Beynon in the Gabriola Players production of What Glorious Times They Had.)
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“The fear I have is, lest we should invite her unwittingly to trespass upon the delicacy, the purity, the refinement, the elevation of her own nature, which are the present sources of its power.” William Gladstone, British Prime Minister
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“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” Susan B. Anthony
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“Beauty has claims for which she fights
At ease with winning arms
The women who want women’s rights
Want mostly, women’s charms.”
Punch, 1870
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“Chivalry is a poor substitute for justice, if one cannot have both. Chivalry is something like the icing on cake – sweet, but not nourishing.” Nellie McClung (Margaret Litt portrays Nellie McClung in the Gabriola Players production of What Glorious Times They Had.)
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“The mother that is worthy of the name and of the good affection of a good man has a hundredfold more influence in shaping public opinion around her dinner table than she would have in the marketplace, hurling her eloquent phrases at the multitude.” Sir Rodmond Roblin, Manitoba Premier. (Joe DiCara portrays Sir Rodmond Roblin in the Gabriola Players production of What Glorious Times They Had.)
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“This claim to confiscate the whole existence of one half of the species for the supposed convenience of the other appears to me, independently of its injustice, particularly silly.” John Stuart Mill
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“The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write or join in checking this mad, wicked folly of ‘woman’s rights’ with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety.” Queen Victoria, 1879
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