“Let Us All Speak Our Minds”
A Suffragettes Song
Men tell us 'tis fit that wives should submit
To their husbands, submissively meekly,
Tho' whatever they say their wives should obey,
Unquestioning, stupidly, weakly;
Our husbands would make us their own dictum
Without ever a wherefore or why for it
But I don't and I can't, and I won't and I shant!
No, I will speak my mind if I die for it!
For we know it's all fudge to say
man's the best judge
Of what should be, and shouldn't and so on,
That woman should bow, nor attempt to say how
She considers that matters should go on;
I never yet gave up myself thus a
However my husband might try for it –
For I can't and I won't, and I shant and I don't,
But I will speak my mind if I die for it!
And all ladies I hope who've with
husbands to cope,
With the rights of the sex will not trifle,
We all, if we choose our tongues but to use,
Can all opposition soon stifle;
Let man if he will then bid us be still,
And silent, a price he'll pay high for it,
For we won't and we can't, and we don't and we shan't,
Let us all speak our minds if we die for it!