Victorian London - Women - Education, Employment and Emancipation - Taking Men's Roles

[these pictures are, of course, satirical; see also the bloomerism page, ed.]

EFFICIENCY OF FEMALE POLICE IN WHAT IS VULGARLY CALLED A "JOLLY ROW"

Punch, Jan.-Jun. 1853

POLO POST FUTURUM

Punch, Almanack, 1873

BEAUTY ON THE BEAT.

It is quite fair to argue that, if Women are to have their rights of citizenship, they must accept their duties, and that the acquisition of the elective franchise ought to he accompanied by the condition of liability to serve on juries, and to act in other capacities heretofore solely masculine. Distinctions of sex will then be obliterated, as regards qualifications other than simply personal for offices and employments, and there will be no reason why a strong-minded woman, if equally strong-bodied, should not be a coalheaver, or enter the Police. There are, perhaps, a few such Persons whose minds are of such a strength as to render them capable of being employed not only as Policemen, but also as detectives, and even of enduring to be sent about in plain clothes.

Punch, May 24, 1873

RIGHTS OR WRONGS?

(The Diary of a Female of the Future.)

MONDAY. - Just as I had settled my household work for the day, I was called away to serve on a Jury, and had to remain in the Law Courts until the evening.
Tuesday. - Some riots having taken place in our neighbourhood, was forced to act as a Special Constable. Paraded the streets all day long in a state of constant alarm.
Wednesday. - Received a letter from my friend SUSIE, who has heard that the Militia are to be called out. Visited her, and discovered that women, as citizens, are now liable to military service.
Thursday. - Had to attend an inquest as a Coroner's Juryman. A very pleasant duty indeed, as it was held upon a person who had committed a most horrible suicide.
Friday. - Having failed to obey the orders of a County Court Judge, was locked up in prison for contempt. I owe this scrape to the extravagance of my husband - a man who will buy hats and coats, and who will not work for our living.
Saturday. - In deep tribulation. The governor of the gaol is a female, and, as a matter of course, favours the male prisoners. Asked for a book, and was furnished with a work upon Roman Law. Cried myself to sleep over a passage which told me that no one could obtain the privileges of a citizen without accepting a citizen's duties and responsibilities. Oh, why did I give up the privileges of a real woman for the miseries of a mock man!

Punch, February 9, 1878

HAPPY THOUGHT FOR THE NEXT LONDON SEASON - FOOTWOMEN

TWICE AS ORNAMENTAL AS MALE FLUNKEYS, WITHOUT BEING A BIT MORE USELESS OR CONCEITED

Punch, January 24, 1880