Editor’s Note: You may notice that the video, which was created by Soomo Learning and went viral almost overnight, is broken. According to the Soomo website, the Sony Corporation made YouTube remove it by filing a copyright claim when Soomo refused to put a Sony ad on their video. Parody is protected speech, and this moving and educational parody was one of the best. Want your children to actually get interested in the history of women’s suffrage? Tell Sony to stop infringing on Soomo’s rights – and ours.
Less than 100 years ago, women in the United States were not permitted to vote. August 18 marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which grants voting rights to women. The struggle for equality in enfranchisement was a multi-generational effort led by many brave women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but neither of these women would see full suffrage in their lifetimes.
This parody of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance focuses on the civil disobedience protests of Alice Paul, a suffragette whose efforts were instrumental in the eventual passage of the 19th Amendment. From her picketing at the White House to her hunger strike at Occoquan Workhouse, Paul’s bravery put pressure on the Wilson administration to put the issue to vote.
Learn more about how far we’ve come in the fight for women’s equality in the United States.