We are the suffragettes
Think you know some fierce girls?
You ain't seen noting yet...

A less heard Milly Fawcett
Founder of our cause
Started the battle for our rights
Argued the government should change the laws
Here is how she stated our pli-i-ght

How come we can't vote for rules
That we have to obey
When we work and pay taxes to-o-o-o?

Parliament's reaction was:
"Oh do go away!"
How dare they dis the suffrage crew...

Suffragettes sing we're gonna do this thing
Peaceful protests started in 1903
Got no reaction, needed drastic action
Got a new leader, Emmeline Pankhurst
(That's me)

Burst in to Parliament, shouting votes for women
Actions though were shocking and new
Chained ourselves to palace gates, tension was brimming
Our name now WSPU

Burned down judges, smashed up shops, attacked MPs
The result: we were thrown in jail-ai-ai-ail
This made us more determined as you'll come to see
Think we'd give up fighting? Hey, fail...

Suffragettes sing together we can win
In prison we protested and even hunger-striked
Men still said no, but we just said yo!
You won't stop us now
Miss Davison, please take the mic...

We became more extreme
Derby Day, June 13
In front of king and queen
Committed sacrifice supreme
Crept unseen between the team
And crowds watching the race
And threw myself under a horse
To try and make our case
Became a famous martyr
How did men react?
"We can't give women votes
If they're so stupid they'd do THAT!"

Seemed our cause was lost when world war came along
Our suffragette reaction
Was to wave our protest goodbye, farewell, so long
Took patriotic action-on-on

Put down our banners saying 'give us votes'
Instead supported the men's fi-i-i-ight
We worked to help them win the war
So guess what they said...
"OK girls, you were right!"

Suffragettes sing we've done it, ding ding
At last those men can see they should treat us the same
So take note that women can vote
And it's thanks to those who fought in the suffragette name...


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