Monday, August 02, 2004

Yet More Old Business
I have articles scattered about the house, websites bookmarked, and even e-mail saved that I think might be worth sharing. On an archivists' listserv, one participant recently wrote:

I was just going through some newspaper clippings from 1904 about the women's suffrage movement. One of the reasons given for denying women the right to vote was that doing so would destroy "the sanctity of marriage."

I recall this type of thing from the research I did on the suffrage movement. The husband's vote was to represent the beliefs of the whole household. Giving the wife a vote (and perhaps that of an unmarried daughter living at home!) would disrupt the power structure.

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