Life Skills

Cadette Suffrage Centennial Activity

Woman's Suffrage Songs


Singing as Persuasion

Write your own lyrics to a song you know to tell how you feel about voting and why you feel that way.

Activity Details

Time needed: 30–60 minutes

Materials Needed:

  • Writing paper and pen or a computer with word-processing software


By 1916, suffragists had grown tired of waiting to gain voting rights, so they began to protest and picket in front of the White House. They wrote letters and made speeches arguing for the right to vote.

Songs can encourage people to listen to what you have to say about topics that they may disagree with you about. They can help someone else see things from your perspective, especially when they are humorous.


Create a song about voting using a familiar tune. You can use the song to persuade your audience, or you can write a parody. A parody exaggerates in a way that makes us laugh.

Alternatively, think about things that are happening in your town, school, or community. What would you like to see change? Write lyrics about that.

Girl Scouts at Home activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming and optimized for use at home during a period of social distancing.

Adapted from the older girl Activities in the Suffrage Centennial Toolkit. Earn Your Suffrage Centennial Patch: A Guide for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.