Forward Into Light
“Forward out of error, Forward into light” was the motto of the National Woman's Party, the young suffragists including Alice Paul, Lucy Burn and Inez Milholland who revitalized the movement and gained the vote in 1920. The song is a dialogue between the older women of the movement and the younger women who took up the cause.

©2008 Linda Allen

(younger voices)
Forward into Light, A new day has begun
Marching boldly to the future, Justice has been won
We have found our voices, Hear our song throughout the land
Failure is impossible, The vote is in our hands

(older voices)
Failure was impossible, We struggled for so long
We were ridiculed and silenced, But the work was carried on
Failure was impossible, Our vision was too strong
We planned and marched and lobbied, Then our daughters carried on

Together:
Forward into Light -- Failure was impossible
A new day has begun -- We struggled for so long
Marching boldly to the future -- We were ridiculed and silenced
A new day has begun -- But the work was carried on

We have found our voices Failure was impossible
Hear our song throughout the land -- Our vision was too strong
Failure is impossible -- We planned and marched and lobbied
The vote is in our hands -- Then our daughters carried on

We thank you: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass,Mary Olney Brown, Arthur Denny, Ynez Milholland, Alice Paul, Emma Smith DeVoe, May Arkwright Hutton, Cary Chapman Catt, Cora Eaton, Abigail Scott Duniway (add your own favorites!)

Repeat first two verses as duet.