Womens Voices Question 2 - 2 The speech that intrigued me...

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2.) The speech that intrigued me most thus far was “The Crisis” by Carrie Chapman Catt. I believe that this was a good speech and was better taken by the audience than some of the other speakers of this time. Carrie took a softer approach to women’s suffrage. I liked that she used reflective phrases and questions to engage her audience instead of a blaming approach. One example of this is when she says, “What, then, will happen after the war? Will the widows left with families to support cheerfully leave their well-paid posts for those commanding lower wages?... Will the wives who now must support crippled husbands give up their skilled work and take up the occupations which were open to them before the war?” She answers these questions with, ‘Not without protest!’, which I find to be convincing and strong at the same time. In using these questions, she forces the audience to be put into her position, wondering what they would want if they were similarly discriminated against. Catt doesn’t take an approach like Stanton,
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  • Fall '13
  • EmilyPaup
  • Blame, Carrie Chapman Catt

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