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“Someone Must Wash the Dishes,” a Suffragette Monologue Performance

October 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Many women fought against getting the vote in the early 1900s, but none with more charm, prettier clothes—and less logic—than the fictional speaker in this satiric monologue written by pro-suffragist Marie Jenney Howe. “Woman suffrage is the reform against nature,” declares Howe’s unlikely, but irresistibly likeable, heroine.

“Ladies, get what you want. Pound pillows. Make a scene. Make home a hell on earth—but do it in a womanly way! That is so much more dignified and refined than walking up to a ballot box and dropping in a piece of paper!”

Reviewers have called this production “a rare treat,” “wicked” in its wit, and have labeled Michèle LaRue’s performance “side-splitting.” An Illinois native, now based in New York, LaRue is a professional actress who tours nationally with a repertoire of shows by Gilded Age and Progressive Era American writers.

Pro-Suffragist Marie Jenney Howe wrote Someone Must Wash the Dishes in 1912. Titled “An Anti-Suffrage Monologue,” it was published in 1913, by the National American Woman Suffrage Association (precursor of the League of Women Voters).

Join us for this compelling performance – refreshments will be served! Sponsored by the Friends of the Island Free Library.


October 1
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Island Free Library
9 Dodge St
New Shoreham, RI 02807
(401) 466-3233