Paired Texts > Address to Congress on Women's Suffrage
by Carrie Chapman Catt
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Hermann the IrascibleSaki
In "Hermann the Irascible" (1917), a king decides that once women have the right to vote, they will tire of the responsibility. In this comedic story, this reverse psychology works - once women gain the right to vote, they don't want it anymore. Today, "Herman the Irascible" is read as a time piece that reflects popular opinions of the era.Pair "Address to Congress on Women's Suffrage" with "Hermann the Irascible" to give students a better sense of the history of the suffragist movement. Considering the widely held beliefs of the day, what techniques did women use to ultimately gain the right to vote?
Testimony Before the Senate Hearings on the Equal Rights AmendmentGloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem (1934-present) is an American feminist, journalist, author, and social-political activist. She gained national recognition as a leader of the "Second Wave" feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. On May 6th, 1970, Gloria Steinem stood before the Senate and delivered this speech, advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and seeking to dispel myths about women.Pair “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage” with “Testimony before the Senate Hearings on the Equal Rights Amendment” and ask students to discuss these historical speeches delivered to the American government. Do they share any similar arguments? How has the status of women changed from 1917 to 1970?
Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined SocietyJohn H. Young
In "Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society," John H. Young explains the rules of etiquette during the early 19th century. In this excerpt, Young explains the proper etiquette for wives and husbands.Pair “Our Deportment” with “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage” for an in-depth analysis of the history of women’s rights in America.
Opposition to the Women's Rights MovementAnonymous
This piece, written anonymously—though it is suspected that John L. O'Sullivan (1813–1895) may have authored this text—was submitted to The Democratic Review in 1852. It was designed as a rebuttal to Dr. Dewey, who, in defense of women's rights, denied Biblical justification for the subjugation of women to their husbands.Pair “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage” with “Opposition to the Women’s Rights Movement” for ask students to compare these opposing sides. How does each side, for and against women’s rights, understand the roles of women?
First Lady Barbara Bush's Commencement Address at Wellesley CollegeFirst Lady Barbara Bush
Former First Lady Barbara Bush, addresses Wellesley College in "First Lady Barbara Bush's Commencement Address at Wellesley College", in which she discusses the opportunities and status of women during the early 1990s.Pair “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage” with “First Lady Barbara Bush’s Commencement Address at Wellesley College” and ask students discuss how women’s roles in America have changed. How did women challenge the inequalities of their time in the past and how do they continue to challenge society’s gendered expectations today?
Emma Watson's United Nations: "HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too" SpeechEmma Watson
"Emma Watson's United Nations 'HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too' Speech" explores Watson's own experiences with gender inequality and the need for the participation of men to end it.Pair “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage” with “Emma Watson’s United Nations ‘HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too’ Speech” and ask students to compare the similar styles of these two addresses. How do the requests of these two speeches compare? How do the speakers support their claims and the validity of their requests?
Was Hard Fight to Get VoteThe Barre Daily Times
The newspaper article from The Barre Daily Times "Was Hard Fight to Get Vote" discusses women's fight for the right to vote that spanned decades.Pair “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage” with “Was Hard Fight to Get Vote” and ask students to discuss Carrie Chapman Catt’s contributions to the women’s suffrage movement. How does Catt support her claim that women should be granted the right to vote?
"We Shall Overcome" SpeechPresident Lyndon B. Johnson
This rousing speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson was delivered right after civil rights protesters were brutally beaten on "Bloody Sunday." This speech is considered one of the best presidential speeches in history, and eventually led to The Voting Rights Act of 1965.Pair “Address to the Congress on Women’s Suffrage” with “'We Shall Overcome' Speech” and ask students to discuss the history of civil rights in America. Why were some groups denied these rights? How did people work to overcome this discrimination?