Sufferin Till Suffrage - E5

Episode 5 "Sufferin' Till Suffrage"

Singer: Essra Mohawk

Song Writer: Bob Dorough, Tom Yohe

Original Air Date: February 21, 1976

This song teaches about the steps women took to get their right to vote.


(Yeah! Hurray!)


Now you have heard of Women's Rights

And how we've tried to reach new heights

If we're "all created equal"

That's us too!


(Yeah!)


But you will probably not recall

That it's not been too, too long at all

Since we even had the right to

Cast a vote


(Well!)


Well, sure, some men bowed down and called us "Mrs." (Yeah!)

Let us hang the wash out and wash the dishes (Huh!)

But when the time rolled around to elect a president


What did they say, Sister (What did they say?)


They said, uh, "See you later, alligator

And don't forget my, my mashed potatoes

Because I'm going downtown to cast my vote for president"


Oh, we were suffering until suffrage

Not a woman here could vote, no matter what age

Then the 19th Amendment struck down that restrictive rule (Oh yeah!)


And now we pull down on the lever

Cast our ballots and we endeavor

To improve our country, state, county, town, and school


(Tell them about it!)


Those pilgrim women who

Who braved the boat

Could cook the turkey, but they

They could not vote

Even Betsy Ross, who sewed the flag, was left behind that first election day


(What a shame, Sisters!)


Then Susan B. Anthony (yeah!) and Julia Howe

(Lucretia!) Lucretia Mott, (and others!) they showed us how

They carried signs and marched in lines

Until at long last the law was passed


Oh, we were suffering until suffrage

Not a woman here could vote, no matter what age

Then the 19th Amendment struck down that restrictive rule (Oh yeah!)


And now we pull down on the lever

Cast our ballots and we endeavor

To improve our country, state, county, town, and school (Right on! Right on!)


Yes, the 19th Amendment

Struck down that restrictive rule (Right on! Right on!)


Yes, the 19th Amendment

Struck down that restrictive rule

(Yeah, yeah!

Yeah, yeah!

Right on!

We got it now!)


Since 1920

Sisters, unite!

Vote on!