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No Votes for WomenThe New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement$
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Susan Goodier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037474

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037474.001.0001

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Anti-Suffragists at the 1894 New York State Constitutional Convention

Anti-Suffragists at the 1894 New York State Constitutional Convention

(p.15) 1. Anti-Suffragists at the 1894 New York State Constitutional Convention
No Votes for Women

Susan Goodier

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the earliest attempts by conservative women to organize anti-suffrage activity. It was not until Susan B. Anthony and other suffragists conducted state tours in preparation for the New York State Constitutional Convention that anti-suffragists surprised suffragists by establishing temporary organizations to prevent the removal of the word “male” from the state constitution, and presented their views in opposition to enfranchisement and the protection of their existing rights. Their rhetoric developed out of the tradition of male anti-suffrage rhetoric, but the women articulated their own views of opposition to enfranchisement. Women who established these short-lived organizations laid the foundation for the women who established organizations in the next period of anti-suffrage.

Keywords:   suffrage movement, anti-suffragism, voting rights, women's rights, enfranchisement

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