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Don't Forget The Suffragette

Updated on April 5, 2013

For thousands of years,

Women were held in place.

Or was it eons before,

A simple freedom’s embrace?

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Words carefully worded,

Avoid the truth,

And often elegant words,

Don’t have a tooth.

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“All men are created equal”,

Was adopted for the nation,

But elegant words,

Often require interpretation.

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A country divided,

And then reunited,

Declared all men free,

But women were spited.

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Who was Mary Wollstonecraft?

Why was it considered treason,

To imagine a social order,

Founded more on reason?

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“Keep thy women silent!”

Who was Fanny Wright?

And why did she not go silently,

Into that good night.

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What is true freedom??

Who was George Sand?

Why did she rebel,

And dress like a man?

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Who were these women?

Who was Lucretia Mott?

And what did they have,

That most men still ain’t got?

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Many courageous women,

Were forced to stand alone,

Like Alice Blackwell,

And little sweet Lucy Stone.

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And what fueled a rage,

In Matilda Joslyn Gage,

To open the door,

Of man and woman’s cage?

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton,

Is obscure and hardly known,

“Woman will always be dependent,

Until she holds a purse of her own”.

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She knew when all.

Was said and done,

“Truth is the only,

Safe ground to stand upon.”

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Susan Brownwell Anthony,

Was born a New England Quaker,

And became the foremost,

Women’s mover and shaker.

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Even after a Civil War,

Men were decided to be free,

But it would not be enough,

For women like Susan B.

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She was brought to trial,

By men considered wise,

For merely voting,

And helping women rise.

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And this brave and stoic,

Majesty Miss Anthony, Susan B,

Would live her entire life,

For freedom she would never see.

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~Micky Dee~

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Elizabeth Caty Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
Elizabeth Caty Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

Together they were 120 years of hard labor for the woman's cause.

Together they toiled two lifetimes away for the right for women to vote.

Many women, perhaps too few, however futile it may have seemed, stood against the odds for their sisters of the entire world.

These two women, who gave their decades, scores of years for the cause, would never legally vote.

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America was born in 1776.

Men slaves were "supposedly free" in 1865. But slick politicians passed the 14th and then the 15th amendment worded for "men's freedom" not women's freedom.

Woman would not legally vote until 1920 and then one man from Tennessee, with a note in his pocket from his mother to do the right thing, did the right thing and narrowly made it possible for women to vote.

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Susan B. Anthony traversed the United States until her death for other women.
Susan B. Anthony traversed the United States until her death for other women.

Politicians were men and against women voting, owning property, and divorcing the men regardless of their crimes to women.

Most men seemed against or ambivalent to women's suffrage.

Many women were also against the suffrage movement.

The Southern women of Atlanta even refused to admit the black women into their faction of the suffrage movement.


Glib Women’s Lib

Why are so many glib,

With your “Women’s Lib”?

Why blame all men,

For failures since the crib?

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Many men have aided you,

And certainly regale,

That you are freer,

And less prone to fail.

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From mother’s breast,

To the proverbial grim-reaper,

Some men know,

They are their sister’s keeper.

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And today our ladies,

Are free to roam,

Not forced to mother babies,

And stay at home.

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Women now own property.

They are free to cast their votes,

For appointed jackasses,

And conniving goats.

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~Micky Dee~

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      VietnamVet68 

      5 years ago

      Very good brother man. We just visited the "Womens Rights Museum this week in Seneca Falls,NY

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Amy just hit the nail on the head, Micky. You are no ordinary man. You are an outstanding poetic journalist and a hero of the first order. Bravo!

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      Amy Becherer 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Few men have the insight, humanity and courage that you do, Micky Dee, to understand the plight of women's fight for equality. The women you honor here, who spent their lives, ahead of their time, battling men for their god given rights as equals, paved the way for the future of better living for women today. Their total unselfishness and undeterred dedication to a cause they never reaped the benefits of, earned them each a place in Heaven. I imagine they are shaking their heads in astonishment at the miles left to travel, with women still following men seen in less pay for workplace endeavors that often meet demands for going above and beyond the call of duty. Sadly, with the ongoing chains of discrimatory old workplace ideas that refuse to die, women are still being kept in subservient positions, often low 'man' on the totem pole, but smart enough to remain diligent, dedicated administrators in an ongoing effort to prove to biased, sexist male executives that the hard work wouldn't get done without them. The biggest difference I see today is the still predominant idea that though men still measure women's value primarily in the bedroom, they want the monetary benefits of their place in the boardroom recording the minutes of the exec behind the podium. Great piece, Micky Dee, that exemplifies the fact that you are no ordinary man. Bravo and thank you.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      A poem of a moment in our history that should be rembered by all. Jamie

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      MaryBeth Walz 

      5 years ago from Maine

      Thank you Micky! I think of this every time I exercise my hard won right to vote. I remind my daughters every time that my grandmother did NOT have that right when she turned 18!

      Voted up and shared!

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      KT Banks 

      5 years ago from Texas

      This is great. I'm sorry to admit that I didn't know some of the women's names you mentioned above. Thanks God for them. And Thank you for writing this, Micky. Creative, informing and entertaining. Voted Up and more.

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      Hummingbird5356 

      5 years ago

      Women now own property.

      They are free to cast their votes,

      For appointed jackasses,

      And conniving goats.

      This last verse is very truthful and makes us wonder why is it that women had to fight for the right to vote.

      As always, Micky you hit the nail on the head.

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      jandee 

      5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Micky Dee,you little cracker you!! Well Done, now you have given me the guilts because how the hell can I vote for people like the parasites who now have possession of our Parliament, people are weird-re. your Southern Women from Atlanta who rejected the Black Women into their faction. Over here were the ones with the White Feathers that they handed to young men who they saw on the streets ,not in uniform men ,one 15 year old was emotionally forced into joining and died the first day-that wasn't the way it should have been.

      Thanks Micky for doing a lovely job on this write,you have shown us some very Special and Wonderful Women,

      best from jandee

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      Petra Vlah 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      It takes a special man like you to understand and appreciate women. The vast majority is still afraid to compete with women since they kind of know they will come out short. The only time in history that humanity was half way decent was during matriarchal era when women were in charge of everything except hunting

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