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Why We Don't Want Men to Vote

Alice Duer Miller, 1915

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In 1915, Alice Duer Miller published this parody of the critics of woman suffrage efforts.

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.

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