Suffer the Women, 1910–1914

  • Leigh Woods
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)


In 1910, what then was called “woman suffrage” stood in danger of losing much of the sympathy it had attracted. Sarah Bernhardt, for so long independence personified, learned to be cautious in voicing support for votes for women. Asked just before her first vaudeville tour for her opinion of London’s radical suffragettes, she “exclaimed tragically,” according to the New York Times, that

“They are fools!” and asked what the suffragists were doing in America. On being told that they contented themselves with holding parades and meetings, the French actress said “That is the way the women began in London and were held up to ridicule. Perhaps they will come to adopt the same methods here later as they are using now in England.”2


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