Monday, January 21, 2013

Today -100: January 21, 1913: It robs life of romance and offers in restitution a lady Alderman

At an anti-women’s-suffrage meeting in London, Lord Curzon, former viceroy of India, says that the enactment of women’s suffrage would place the Empire in the hands of women and make it the laughing stock of the world.

A debate is held in New York between suffragists and Antis. Charlotte Rowe, an anti, says that we can guess what sort of woman might be elected president, but “what kind of a man will such a woman’s husband be? One wonders what he will be doing when his wife is battling with the Senate or the House and upholding the country. Will he sit at the end of the table and pour the tea? Will he have to retire at the proper time with the wives of the diplomats? Will this weak man in the end revolt and ask for votes for men? ... Equal suffrage is a repudiation of manhood. It robs life of romance and offers in restitution a lady Alderman.”

The NY Assembly votes 123-7 to hold another referendum on women’s suffrage.

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