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Posted September 28, 2008 at 4:07 AM via web

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What did anti-suffragettes fear if women were allowed to vote?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 28, 2008 at 4:26 AM (Answer #1)

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Anit-suffragettes, or those who opposed women being able to vote in addition to other women's rights, argued primarily that men and women were essentially different and should be treated differently. They held to the traditional view of their day, that men were and should be the leaders in family an society and that women, as the "weaker" sex should be subservient to men for the good of both marriages and society. By giving women the right to vote, society was saying that women had the same intelligence and decision-making ability as men. Some women writers like Elizabeth Barrett Browning agreed with the traditional view and said women lacked this kind of intelligence. She said, "considering men and women in the mass, there is an inequality of intellect." Thus, by giving women the vote, society would not be well served because less intelligent decisions would be made.

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