Women’s Rights Movement
Only seven days ago I saw her writhe and take breath, heard her first plaintive cry to her first morning in the world. I had above all else a new sense of a sacredness of life.
All that day and the next, however, I was compelled to draw on my resources of patience and humor. The remark of a startlingly large number of my friends was: “Too bad it’s a girl.”
Tonight, however, as I hold in my arms this new-come beginner in the game of life, I think I would as lief be this baby girl as any man alive.
What would be the state of the masculine mind if the voting women should present to them only the following half dozen objections which are unhappily so familiar to many of us?
First—Men would find politics corrupting.
Second—They would vote as their wives and mothers did.
Third—Men’s suffrage would only double the vote without
changing the results.
Fourth—Men’s suffrage would diminish the respect for men.
Fifth—Most men do not want to vote.
Sixth—The best men would not vote.
as recorded by Belle Case La Follette April 6, 1912?
The feminist movement of the 1970s popularized the slogan, "The personal is political." And it's true: what has more meaning than our own personal relationships?Too often, unfortunately, the relationships between men and women become embodied by violence and assault. In her powerful poem "Paper Dolls," Sierra Demulder speaks of these experiences we too often hear in statistics, and reaffirms the power of women to stand tall even when "you can't tell between an Adam's apple and a fist."