Marriage Advice for Young Ladies From a Suffragette in 1918

The suffragettes fought hard for their right to vote and be strong independent women, but they also fought for equality when it came to men and women. Hence, the “Advice on Marriage. To Young Ladies”. It truly is a hilarious piece of advice that was probably created in 1918, but still very relevant today. The leaflet is on display at the Pontypridd Museum in Wales.

The anonymous suffragette started off her list of eight tips include not marrying at all. She advised young ladies to avoid “flirts”, “tailor’s dummies” and “football enthusiasts”, but instead look for a window cleaner or yard swiller – someone who cleans the yard.

The suffragette warned women “not to expect too much”, and described most men as “lazy, selfish, thoughtless, lying, drunken, clumsy, heavy-footed, rough, unmanly brutes, and need taming”.

She added that if a woman wants to keep her husband happy, she should “feed the brute” – commenting that the “same remark applies to dogs”.

She finished off her advice with the line: “You will be wiser not to chance it, it isn’t worth the risk”.

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