Alice D. Miller

I found this poem by Alice Duer Miller earlier today (because I couldn’t remember what year women were allowed to vote – it’s 1920 for anyone curious) and thought I’d post it here. I think it’s hilarious, and that Alice was actually really clever in her use of humor while speaking out on the issue. Using some of the logic of the day, but humorously.

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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