There was a time not long ago, it’s sad but true,
Women were kept from voting booths, they couldn’t get through.
Women were governed by men in their lives;
Gave up their property when they became wives
Until some stood up ‘cause change was overdue.
In eighteen hundred and seventy-two, Hooray! Hooray!
Susan B. knew what to do, Hooray! Hooray!
She marched down Main Street in Rochester
Marked a ballot and caused a stir,
And we all thank Susan for making a fuss that day.
The struggle went on for many a year for me and you.
Women had to persevere but they came through!
Lucretia Mott and Matilda Gage,
Fan?nie Lou Ha?mer… how they did rage!
And we all thank them for working for me and you.
But what have we done with the rights they won for me and you?
Do we vote? Hold office? Make them proud? Do you? And you?
Do we stand up strong and speak our minds
The way Susan B. Anth’ny used to do?
When she cast her vote ‘cause change was overdue.
It’s many a year that Susan B’s been dead and gone,
But all of us who treasure justice must fight on,
For the sake of all who are under-served
‘Cause freedom’s a right that we all deserve
So we’ll work and rage, then pass her torch along.