Punch,  58 (1870), 192.

The Professoress's Prophecy





Gender, Politics, Government, Human Development, Evolution, Darwinism

    Responding to the recent parliamentary debate on John Bright's bill to remove the 'Electoral Disabilities of Women', this poem describes the thoughts of a 'strong-minded Fair-One' who sat in the gallery of the House of Commons. She remarks that although women must sit 'like caged birds' in the 'ladies' pen [...] Our fate is fore-cast, by Darwinian selection— / To the floor of the Commons to rise from the pen! / When once we are "Ladies" confessed "of Election"— / Pretty "Lords of Creation" you'll be, you poor men!'.

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