Anti-Suffrage Arguments

Illustration, “Where’s the Difference?” Harper’s Bazaar, 1869 July 3

Illustration, “Where’s the Difference?” Harper’s Bazaar, July 3, 1869

Opponents of women’s suffrage, both men and women, distributed anti-suffrage propaganda. Such material demeaned women and advocated for traditional gender roles that confined women to the domestic sphere as wives and mothers. Anti-suffrage postcards, broadsides, and gear broadcasted stereotypes of suffragists as spinsters or  masculine women. The items in this case demonstrate the hostility that women’s rights supporters faced. 

Postcard, “Mother’s Got the Habit Now,” 1913

Postcard, “Mother’s Got the Habit Now,” 1913