Songs of Protest, Music of Change
The use of music as a tool for women’s rights is nothing new. The suffragettes were well aware of the power and symbolism music could bring to an issue an used them liberall to communicate their demands and to protest the staus quo.
The purpose of this website is to make available, (as the pages get coded), song lyrics for students, teachers, historians, labour unions, activists or anybody with an interest in the history of protest songs, their origins and their uses in various political, human rights and social justice movements. While some issues have been resolved, like the right of women to vote in western nations, it wasn't without long and hard struggles. One additional purpose of this website is to illustrate, that though times may change along with technologies, human nature and most human rights issues remain mostly the same throughout history.
This video was produced to remind us of the brave women of the Suffragettes/Suffragists, both in the UK and the USA. It is also dedicated to the women millworkers of Derbyshire.
"The March of the Women" (Shoulder to shoulder) was composed by Dame Ethel Smyth in 1910 (words by Cicely Hamilton). Dame Ethel was a leading figure in the women's suffrage movement and dedicated the anthem to the WSPU.
The anthem is sung here by "Werca's Folk", a women's choir based in Northumberland, under the direction of Sandra Kerr, their website is wercasfolk.com