The reasons why women should vote are the same reasons why men should vote – the same as the reasons for having a republic rather than a monarchy.Alice Stone Blackwell, 1910
Each month, we shine the spotlight on items from the exhibit Get Out the Vote: Suffrage and Disenfranchisement in America that have been fully digitized and made accessible online.
Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) was a suffragist, journalist, editor, and activist. This pamphlet, printed in 1910 is her thorough examination and refutation of the arguments commonly made against women’s suffrage. Blackwell responds to 34 arguments, including:
- Women “don’t understand business”
- Women as voters could disrupt the established “division of labor”
- Women suffrage “will lead to family quarrels and increase divorce”
- If granted the franchise, women should also serve in military and police forces.
You can read the complete digitized pamphlet with of Blackwell’s arguments for women’s suffrage online in the Internet Archive.
Visit the Maryland Room Exhibit Gallery in Hornbake Library to view this item and more on display in the exhibit Get Out the Vote: Suffrage and Disenfranchisement in America or explore the exhibit online.