Vintage Feminism: “Why We Oppose Votes for Men”


Yesterday marked the anniversary of the first presidential election in which American women were allowed to vote. In honor of the occasion, Sociological Images flagged this satirical pamphlet created by suffragette Alice Duer Miller in 1915. 

It’s a response to pamphlet entitled Some Reasons Why We Oppose Votes for Women put out by the anti-suffrage group the National Association Opposed to Women’s Suffrage–the same group that created this gem we’ve highlighted before warning that giving women the vote would put the government under “petticoat rule.”

Maya DusenberyMaya will appreciate her ability to vote tomorrow.

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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