Are Women People? A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times
Published in 1915, Are Women People? A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times features satirical poems and other humorous writings by Alice Duer Miller to promote the women’s suffrage movement. Many of the poems were originally published individually in The New York Tribune before their publication together in this book. The material in the book is divided into five categories: Treacherous Texts, Campaign Material (For Both Sides), Women’s Sphere, A Masque of Teachers: The Ideal Candidates, and The Unconscious Suffragists.
Selections from Are Women People? A Book of Rhymes for Suffrage Times
Top Left: "Why We Oppose Votes for Men" - A parody list of oft-cited reasons that women should not be allowed to vote but instead applied to men
Top Right: "Thoughts at an Anti Meeting" - A poem questioning some anti-suffrage assertions and why, if such claims are true, the states where women have gained the right to vote have not attempted to reverse course
Bottom Left: "What Every Woman Must Not Say" - A poem demonstrating the patience and self-control of a woman when faced with a man's generalizations about women's emotional instability
Bottom Right: "Why We Oppose Pockets for Women" - A parody list of common anti-suffrage arguments but presented as reasons why women should be denied pockets