Vote! Said the Lady with the Alligator Purse

“With the ballot in her hand woman becomes a vital force—declaring her will for herself.” – Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony, the champion of the women’s rights movement and women’s suffrage, was recognized across the country for her red shawl and her alligator purse. A women’s suffrage era jump-rope rhyme pays homage to Anthony, who used her alligator purse to carry speeches, pamphlets, and other important objects. Try singing it as you skip on down to your voting place! And then look at this great slide show: Ninety-Two Years of Women Voting.

Via Susan B. Anthony House:

Miss Lulu had a baby, she called him tiny Tim.
She put him in the bathtub, so see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water! He ate up all the soap!
He tried to swallow the bathtub, but it wouldn’t go down his throat!!
Call for the doctor!
Call for the nurse!
Call for the lady with the alligator purse!
“Mumps!” said the doctor. “Measles!” said the nurse.
“Vote!!” said the lady with the alligator purse!!

About Kaitlin Legg

Former Program Assistant at the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester.
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