Why We Don’t Want Men to Vote

While looking through the Hillsdale County Historical Society website, I found this entertaining little piece, written by poet, novelist, speaker, and suffragette Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942) and published in a Hillsdale newspaper in 1915.

Why We Don’t Want Men to Vote:
“Because man’s place is in the army.

Because no really manly man wants to settle any questions otherwise than by fighting about it.

Because if men should adopt peaceable methods women will no longer look up to them.

Because men will lose their charm if they step out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms, and drums.

Because men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them unfit for government.”

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