Anti-suffragists: Women's History

Men standing with their backs to camera under sign opposing women's suffrage. Library of Congress.
A group of men browsing through materials provided by the National Association Opposed to Women's Suffrage.

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Both women and men participated in anti-suffrage campaigns in America. This movement was prompted by the fear that the family unit would break down if women participated in civic life. Some people believed that if the government recognize a woman’s right to vote, she would no longer take care of her husband or children.

Anti-suffragists also used newspapers and cartoons to demean the efforts of suffragists. The anti-suffrage campaign demonstrates the complexity of the fight for suffrage.

Last updated: August 14, 2018