MEN. You are making "The World Safe for Democracy." [anti-suffrage handbill]

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Title

MEN. You are making "The World Safe for Democracy." [anti-suffrage handbill]

Description

Echoing Woodrow Wilson's request for a Declaration of War in 1917, this handbill argued that women should be free from political duties just as they were free from the duty of fighting in war.

The Virginia Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, formed in Richmond, Va. in 1912. This group of women was associated with the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage.

Excerpts: 

"MEN. You are making 'The World Safe for Democracy.' And also safe for women. That your Mothers, Sisters and Wives may never have to suffer as the women of Belgium and France have suffered. 
ALL WOMEN THANK YOU 
Men manage most of our business.
Our Government is a very big business. 
Most women want men to manage our Government. 
Only a few women want suffrage. 
Shall these few women force all women into politics? 
Women can do their bit best outside of Politics. 
Our hands are full already with work which only women can do. 
Women are free from the duty of fighting. 
Protect us in our right to be free from political duties."

Creator

Virginia Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage

Source

M 9 Box 51, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Contributor

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

Rights

NO COPYRIGHT - UNITED STATES

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Notes

Citation

Virginia Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, “MEN. You are making "The World Safe for Democracy." [anti-suffrage handbill],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed July 20, 2019, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/441.