women’s suffrage & the cookbook

“Neither idiots, lunatics, paupers, felons nor women shall be entitled to vote.”

It wasn’t until the first part of the 20th Century did women have the right to vote in the United States (even with the support of various learned men and women throughout the ages declaring what pish posh it was for women not to have this right).

I don’t recall learning in high school history class about cookbooks in conjunction with the Women’s Suffrage Movement, but it appears that they used this genre as a tool in their arsenal. What smart ladies! Selling suffrage cookbooks allowed for others, who would not have normally been involved in the movement, to get their hand in the game. Besides recipes and other household potpourri, the cookbooks included lists of names of the contributors who were often doctors, lawyers, etc., the suffragists’ goals and opinions, and quotations by aforementioned supporters.

author John Greenleaf Whittier: “For 50 years I have been in favor of Woman’s Suffrage. I have never been able to see any good reasons for denying the ballot to women.”

President Abraham Lincoln: “I go for all sharing the privileges of the government who assist in bearing its burdens — by no means excluding women.”

I also find these books incredibly fascinating from a historical point of view. Besides the appropriately named, “Rebel Soup,” there are also recipes for “Waterlily Eggs” and “Mock Turtle Soup,” dishes that have fallen out of fashion. In the Woman Suffrage Cook Book (available in its entirety online), there is also information on the care of invalids.

Again, Project Gutenberg comes through. The Suffrage Cook Book is also available in its entirety and as an ebook (photos included). You can find the recipe for “Pie for a Suffragist’s Doubting Husband,”

1 qt. milk human kindness
8 reasons:
White Slavery
Child Labor
8,000,000 Working Women
Bad Roads
Poisonous Water
Impure Food

Mix the crust with tact and velvet gloves, using no sarcasm, especially with the upper crust. Upper crusts must be handled with extreme care for they quickly sour if manipulated roughly.


  1. I HAVE to cook something in this just because of the idea and the title. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to cook that pie?! Thank you, thank you for sharing – I’ll scoot on over to Project Gutenberg now.

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