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.
Cartoons like this began to appear regularly in newspapers, periodicals and pamphlets.
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“Nice women don’t want the vote.” Sir Rodmond Roblin, Premier of Manitoba.
“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.)
At ease with winning arms
The women who want women’s rights
Want mostly, women’s charms.”