Pie for a Doubting Husband: A Playlist
- The Grand Festival and Bazaar, hosted by the Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association, opened on a rainy December night in 1886, at the Music Hall in Boston. The event, priced as one dollar, was sold out. A newspaper clipping from The Index describes the attendance as “large and socially inclined” and the organizers of the bazaar, Miss Cora Scott Pond and Reverend Annie Shaw, tired but determined as they “flitted hither and thither among the happy crowds.” White banners with mottos such as, “The woman’s hour has struck”, “The woman’s cause is man’s, they rise or sink together", “Not Favor, but Justice” decorated the hall.
- Events such as this raised funds to help the Woman’s Cause, by selling publications promoting equal rights, art and crafts, domestic tools, groceries and candy, among other fancy and common articles. And at the Grand Festival and Bazaar of 1886: the very first suffragette cookbook, The Women Suffrage Cook Book: Containing Thoroughly Tested and Reliable Recipes for Cooking, Directions for the Care of the Sick, and Practical Suggestions; edited and published by Mrs. Hattie A. Burr.
- In her introduction, Burr presents the contributors as women “eminent in their professions as teachers, lecturers, physicians, ministers and authors”, not just bearers of excellent domestic skills. She wraps up by referring to the book as a messenger who would be “a blessing to housekeepers and an advocate for the elevation and enfranchisement of woman.”
- In addition to raising funds, suffrage cookbooks subsequent to Burr’s pioneering volume helped women network and acquire skills in publishing, advertising and promotion. They also mocked the anti-suffrage propaganda that caricatured suffragettes as old and unsightly spinsters or mothers neglecting their husbands and children in favour of politics. Through the cookbooks, especially the early ones, the suffragettes stood up for the fact that they were still women, above all else. As the years passed, their tone became less clement and more sarcastic. The Suffrage Cookbook which was published in Pittsburgh in 1915 is a mash-up of photographs, letters and quotes from celebrities and politicians, alongside recipes with sassy titles as “Hymen Bread”, “Anti's Favorite Hash”, “Synthetic Quince” and famously:
- “Pie for a Suffragist's Doubting Husband”
1 qt. milk human kindness
8,000,000 Working Women
Mix the crust with tact and velvet gloves, using no sarcasm, especially with the upper crust. Upper crusts must be handled with extreme care, for they quickly sour if manipulated roughly.
- And my favorite:
- “Five Oz. Childhood Fondant”
1 oz. kindness
1 oz. sunshine
1 oz. pure food
1 oz. recreation
1 oz. rest
This should be on hand in every household where children gladden the hearth. Wherever possible distribute it among the little children of the poor.
- The suffragettes won the vote in August, 1920. Tennessee was the last state to give its formal consent to the 19th Amendment. On the morning of the day when the measure was called to a final vote, 24 year old Harry Burn (the youngest member of the House, who wore an anti-suffrage red rose pinned to his lapel) received a letter from his mother.
- The letter said “Hurrah, and vote for suffrage! Don’t keep them in doubt. I notice some of the speeches against. They were bitter. I have been watching to see how you stood, but have not noticed anything yet ….. be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the ‘rat’ in ratification.”
- Burn changed his mind and voted “yes”. He explained to furious representatives, “I know that a mother’s advice is always safest for her boy to follow”.
- Carrie Chapman Catt, one of the leading suffragettes, recounted her fifty-two years before “putting the rat in ratification” as follows:
“480 campaigns to get Legislatures to submit suffrage amendments to voters, 47 campaigns to get constitutional conventions to write woman suffrage into state constitutions; 277 campaigns to get State party conventions to include woman suffrage planks, 30 campaigns to get presidential party campaigns to include woman suffrage planks in party platforms and 19 campaigns with 19 successive Congresses.”
- Here is a playlist dedicated to all 853 campaigns. Click to listen.
- A Call To Arms, Beirut
- For What It’s Worth, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66
- Crap Kraft Dinner, Hot Chip
- Noche Sueños, Mala & Danay Suárez
- Democracy, I Was Thirsty, Soul Keita, Nicolas Jaar
- K.T.B., Robag Wruhme
- To Li, Jojo Abot
- Sang Fezi, Wyclef Jean, Refugee All Stars
- Don’t Let The Man Get You Down, Fat Boy Slim
- Ann Wants To Dance, Papooz
- Generous Bones, Melissa Laveaux
- You Could Be More As You Are, Saâda Bonaire
- Fight Night Champion, Cyberbully Mom Club
- Lady Godiva’s Operation, The Velvet Underground
- Leaving The Table, Leonard Cohen