Women’s suffrage is a ‘Bad Romance’

By Kay Steiger
Thursday, March 8, 2012 11:56 EDT
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For International Women’s Day, it might be worth revisiting the days before women’s suffrage. At least, that seems to be the goal of Soomo Publishing, which produced a parody Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ video.

The actors, dressed in turn-of-the-century suffragette gear, sung lyrics that call back the days before women had the right to vote.

“It’s gotten ugly / They passed the 15th / Still women have no right / Nor guarantee / To liberty / Child, health, wealth / Or property,” the video’s lyrics said.

Soomo Publishing said the video was produced as “a parody music video paying homage to Alice Paul and the generations of brave women who joined together in the fight to pass the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in 1920.”

The company also produced a video called “Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration” in 2010, which parodied “Apologize” by One Republic, featuring Timbaland, while teaching about the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution.

Soomo Publishing said on its website, “Making music videos isn’t Soomo’s main focus, but education is. … Soomo is a small team designing and developing next generation learning resources.”

Watch the “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage” video, uploaded to YouTube on March 6.

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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