“I am opposed to woman suffrage, but I am not opposed to woman.”
–Anti-suffrage speech of Mr. Webb of North Carolina.
O women, have you heard the news
Of charity and grace?
Look, look, how joy and gratitude
Are beaming in my face!
For Mr. Webb is not opposed
To woman in her place!
O Mr. Webb, how kind you are
To let us live at all,
To let us light the kitchen range
And tidy up the hall;
To tolerate the female sex
In spite of Adam’s fall.
O girls, suppose that Mr. Webb
Should alter his decree!
Suppose he were opposed to us–
Opposed to you and me.
What would be left for us to do–
Except to cease to be?
Adapted from ARE WOMEN PEOPLE? A BOOK OF RHYMES FOR SUFFRAGE TIMES
by ALICE DUER MILLER
Compiled From Sources In The Public Domain.
Teresa Thomas Bohannon
– W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965) Of Human Bondage, 1915