Modern Women

EA25F621-63E3-4911-8AAA-E99B92B91E05“You and your precious marine,” Elizabeth said. “We had big plans, important plans, but then you go and meet that damn soldier of fortune to take you on some strange coddiwomple to who knows where.”

“Oh Elizabeth, don’t be ridiculous,” Susan said. “We can still carry out our plans. There is no interrelationship between my trip with him and our mission. It will just have to wait until after ‘my precious marine,’ as you call him, and I get back.”

“But Susan,” Elizabeth said, “You’ve always been the epitome of rectitude, a woman of unquestionable moral character. How can you go off traveling with some man you just met?”

“Oh come now, Elizabeth,” Susan said. “It’s the 1860s. We are modern women, are we not?”

“Modern women?” Claudia said. “We women don’t even have right to vote. You call that modern?”

“Elizabeth, are we not women of ingenuity?” Susan asked. “As sure as my name is Susan B. Anthony, you, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and I will form the National Woman Suffrage Association. I promise you that we will eventually achieve voting rights for women by means of a Congressional amendment to the Constitution.”

“Okay, Susan,” Elizabeth said. “Just don’t let your precious marine impregnate you on your coddiwomple.”


Written for the following daily prompts:

9 thoughts on “Modern Women

    • Sight11 August 27, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Who does? Sensei don’t let Mrs. Fandango read our comments..

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  1. cagedunn August 27, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    I respond to: What does the modern woman want?

    to be treated as a unique individual.
    to be a connection, not a crutch.
    to be enabled and not crippled by expectation or obligation.
    to be.

    Isn’t that what a man wants as well?
    to have the right to earn respect through actions and efforts.

    Did you know the first place where women got the vote was in Adelaide, Australia? Where I live? And if NewEpicAuthor can find out how that came about, it will be enlightening indeed.
    The gauntlet has been laid at the feet of the master in information-gathering.

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    • Fandango August 27, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you. I have no idea if Susan B. Anthony ever ran off with a marine, but I had to figure out a way to use “coddiwomble” in that post. I guess that’s why it’s called flash FICTION.

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