rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,


August 26 is the anniversary of the date in 1920 on which Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment to the Constitution, finally securing the right of women to vote throughout the United States. The Internets tell me that this is also National Dog Day (rob a bank this afternoon) but one of these is considerably more important than the other. To commemorate the more important event, here is a quote from something that suffragist Alice Duer Miller wrote 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 question 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."
From the perspective of 2015 we might be justified in adding "Because some day a whole bunch of men are going to want to vote for Donald Trump for President." Miller could not have known that Donald Trump would ever exist, of course, but if she had I'm sure she'd have added this to her list.

Happy 95th, 19th!

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