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Anti-Suffrage Arguments and Activists

Anti-Suffrage Arguments and Activists: arguments against women's suffrage. Why women should not have the legal right to vote. Not all women supported woman suffrage, and many formed organizations or wrote or spoke for what was called anti-suffrage.

National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage
The National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage (NAOWS) was founded in 1911 to work against efforts to win the vote for women.

Woman and the Republic - An Anti-Suffrage Argument
Helen Kendrick Johnson's 1897 argument against women's rights and particularly against woman suffrage. Long, but an excellent introduction to the best anti-suffrage logic.

Headquarters: National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage
A photograph of anti-suffrage headquarters, about 1911.

About Helen Kendrick Johnson
Biography of one of history's best-known female opponents of women's suffrage. From your About Guide to Women's History.

Texas Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage
Part of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, founded in 1911, the Texas branch was established in 1916 to work against woman suffrage. This history recounts the history of the organization's strategy in raising concerns that the amendment would enfranchise many more black voters.

Why Women Do Not Wish the Suffrage - 1903
A perspective on the differences between men and women, and why women didn't want to upset the sexual divisions of the time through gaining the vote.

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