Women’s Rights Movement

My Baby Girl

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.

If Things Were Reversed

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.

—Jane Addams,

as recorded by Belle Case La Follette April 6, 1912?

On 90th anniversary of women’s suffrage, a look at Wisconsin women who played a big role in suffrage movement

Ninety years ago, on Aug. 26, 1920, women won the right to vote, and Wisconsin has the proud honor of being the first state to have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment.

Sierra DeMulder - "Paper Dolls"

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."

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