Charles Brockden Brown

Alcuin: A Dialogue,

 1798

I should not be a little surprised to hear of a woman proffering her services as president or senator. It would be hard to restrain a smile to see her rise in a popular assembly to discuss some mighty topic. I should gaze as at a prodigy and listen with a doubting heart. Yet I might not refuse devotion to the same woman in the character of household deity. As a mother, pressing a charming babe to her bosom, as my companion in the paths of love, her dignity would shine forth in full splendor. But as a national ruler, as busied in political intrigues and cares, as entrenched in the paper mounds of a secretary, as burdened with the gravity of a judge, as bearing the standard in battle, or even as a champion in senatorial warfare, it would be difficult to behold her without regret and disapprobation. These emotions I should not pretend to justify; but such, and so difficult to vanquish, is prejudice.

Alice Duer Miller

“Why We Oppose Votes for Men,”

 1915

(1) Because man’s place is the armory.

(2) Because no really manly man wants to settle any question otherwise than by fighting about it.

(3) Because if men should adopt peaceable methods, women will no longer look up to them.

(4) 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.

(5) 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 peculiarly unfit for the task of government.

Related Reads