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It was largely through her efforts that women won the right to vote and hold public office in the province of Manitoba in The Canadian government granted women these rights the following year.
While McClung's biggest campaigns were for women's suffrage and temperance, she also championed for better health and dental care for school children, property rights for married women, mothers' allowances, and workplace safety legislation.
A tireless worker, some of McClung's greatest strengths were her sense of humour and her gift for public speaking. Inafter the premier of Manitoba, Sir Rodmond Roblin, suggested that giving women the vote would be tantamount to breaking up the home, McClung and her fellow suffragettes staged a mock parliament of women.
They took all the patronizing platitudes that had been tossed at them and turned them around on the men.
In this comedy, it was the men who were lobbying for the vote, and the women who brushed them off. I wanted to use this speech in a Toastmasters' meeting but couldn't find the text of it anywhere until I learned that McClung had included the text of the mock parliament in one of her novels, Purple Springs.
I copied it from there. I am reproducing the speech here, with the narrative deleted--although I changed some of it into stage directions, which I italicized in parentheses. At the time I uploaded this, I believed this to be the only copy of the speech to be found online.
It is in the Public Domain, so no copyright considerations apply. Nellie McClung Hands in front, locking fingers with the thumbs straight up, gently moving them up and down, before speaking….
Teeter back on heels. Gentlemen of the Delegation, I am glad to see you. Cordial paternalism Glad to see you—come any time, and ask for anything you like. We like delegations—and I congratulate this delegation on their splendid, gentlemanly manners. If the men in England had come before their Parliament with the frank courtesy you have shown, they might still have been enjoying the privilege of meeting their representatives in this friendly way.
But, gentlemen, you are your own answer to the question; you are the product of an age which has not seen fit to bestow the gift you ask, and who can say that you are not splendid specimens of mankind?
You have not thought of it, of course, with the natural thoughtlessness of your sex. You ask for something which may disrupt the whole course of civilization.
We hear of women leaving home, and we hear it with deepest sorrow. Do you know why women leave home? There is a reason. Home is not made sufficiently attractive. Would letting politics enter the home help matters? Politics would unsettle our men.
Unsettled men mean unsettled bills—unsettled bills mean broken homes—broken vows—and then divorce.
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Heavy sorrow, apologetic for mentioning unpleasant things. Exalted mood Man has a higher destiny than politics! What is home without a bank account? The man who pays the grocer rules the world. Shall I call men away from the useful plow and harrow, to talk loud on street corners about things which do not concern them?
Ah, no, I love the farm and the hallowed associations—the dear old farm, with the drowsy tinkle of cowbells at eventide. You ask me to change all this. Draw huge white linen handkerchief, crack it by the corner like a whip and blow nose like a trumpet I am the chosen representative of the people, elected to the highest office this fair land has to offer.
I must guard well its interests. No upsetting influence must mar our peaceful firesides. Do you never read, gentlemen? Biting sarcasm Do you not know of the disgraceful happenings in countries cursed by manhood suffrage?
No, history is full of unhappy examples of men in public life; Nero, Herod, King John—you ask me to set these names before your young people.
Politics has a blighting, demoralizing influence on men. It dominates them, pursues them even after their earthly career is over.
Time and again it has been proven that men came back and voted—even after they were dead.🔥Citing and more! Add citations directly into your paper, Check for unintentional plagiarism and check for writing mistakes.
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