Women in the Home [suffrage handbill]

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Title

Women in the Home [suffrage handbill]

Description

Handbill published by the New York State Woman Suffrage Association. 

Excerpts: 

"WOMEN IN THE HOME 

We are forever being told that the place for women is in the HOME. Well, so be it. But what do we expect of her in the home? Merely to stay in the home is not enough. She is a failure unless she does certain things for the home. She must make the home minister, as far as her means allow, to the health and welfare, moral as well as physical, of her family, and especially of her children. She, more than anyone else, is held responsible for what they become. 
SHE is responsible for the cleanliness of her house. 
SHE is responsible for the wholesomeness of the food. 
SHE is responsible for the children's heath. 
SHE, above all, is responsible for their morals, for their sense of truth, of honesty and decency, for what they turn out to be. 

How Far Can the Mother Control These Things?" 

Handbill goes on to argue that the elected city officials control many of the conditions that threaten children and families. These officials are elected by men, who must therefore share in the responsibility for these unsafe conditions.

"In fact, MEN are responsible for the conditions under which the children live, but we hold WOMEN responsible for the results of those conditions. If we hold women responsible for the results, must we not, in simple justice, let them have something to say as to what these conditions shall be? There is one simple way of doing this. Give them the same means that men have. LET THEM VOTE.

Women are, by nature and training, housekeepers. Let them have a hand in the city's housekeeping, even if they introduce and occasional house-cleaning."

Creator

New York State Woman Suffrage Association

Source

M 71 The Women's Suffrage Printed Ephemera Collection Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Contributor

Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

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Notes

Learn more: 
Suffrage, Social Welfare History Image Portal 
Women's Suffrage: The Movement, Social Welfare History Project 

Citation

New York State Woman Suffrage Association, “Women in the Home [suffrage handbill],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed November 15, 2018, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/381.