Suffrage Romance

I just about squealed (OK, that’s a lie, I squealed a lot) when I watched this Lady Gaga parody video a fellow fashion historian sent to me. It pays homage to suffragists from the 1910s who fought for women’s right to vote.

Created by Soomo Publishing, it spoofs Gaga’s “Bad Romance” video. If you haven’t seen the original, watch it first, and then rush back here to watch the suffrage parody.

Some things to watch for: yellow roses which were symbols of suffrage, the colors yellow, white and purple of the National Women’s Party, women being force fed — this really happened when suffragists in prison went on hunger strikes, women protesting in front of the White House during World War I, and the color red which represented the antisuffragists. Many arguments against women’s suffrage centered around the idea that giving women the right to vote would restrict men’s rights, which the lyrics in the video refute. There are also allusions to hobble skirts that limited women’s gait, the marches and parades suffragists held to draw attention to the cause, and Abigail Adams’ letter to her husband.

The fashion historian nerd in me loves the period costume adaptations. And the Gaga fan loves the music and Bad Romance video references.