"Votes for Women!" :
​​​​​​​The Women's Suffrage Act


Arguments Against Women's Suffrage

​​​​​​​There were arguments made against women’s suffrage by many people, some of the arguments by women themselves. An example of one of these arguments is a paper written by Alice Hill Chittenden, the president of the New York State Association Opposed to Women’s Suffrage. ​​​​​​​

The main ideas of this paper by her talk about how women would have more freedom and can impact the world in a greater way without the right to vote. She believes that voting “restricts” women and they cannot freely express their views. Another main point expressed is that suffragettes believe that the vote will solve all their problems in society, but the vote cannot solve most things and will not make a life changing impact on the world. She emphasizes that women already hold important positions in boards and committees, and that is all they require to make a difference in this world. The vote will not give them any additional advantage or influence. 

The suffragettes refuted these claims saying that if men are able to vote, women should be able to as well, despite the impacts. 

The Men 

Most of the men present during the suffrage movement were against women being able to vote. Many opposers created cartoons (like the one depicted in the picture) to emphasize their points. They wanted to show that women just wanted to oppress men. 

Not all men, however, were against the idea of women’s suffrage. Founded in 1910, the Men’s Political Union for Women’s Enfranchisement supported women’s suffrage and acted as a helper to the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). ​​​​​​​

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