Providence Evening Telegram, March 17, 1887

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Providence Evening Telegram, March 17, 1887


Image of the Providence Evening Telegram column in which Henry George replies to an objector of women's suffrage.

See also:
Report of the Special Committee on Woman Suffrage, Etc. Made to the General Assembly at its January Session A.D., 1874


Providence Evening Telegram




Rhode Island State Archives


1887 March 17


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Woman Suffrage

Henry George on Woman Suffrage.

Henry George, in a recent number of his
paper, the Standard, says in reply to an ob-

The natural right of a woman to vote is just
as clear as that of a man, and rests on the
same ground. Since she is called on to obey
the laws she ought to have a voice in making
them; and the assumption that she is not fit
to vote, is no better reason for denying her
that right than was the similar assumption
which has been urged against every exten-
sion of the franchise to unfran-
chised men. And whether, men like
or do not like the imputation that
they are incapable of framing proper laws
without the aid of women, their success in
making laws has certainly not been so great
as to give them a reason for disdaining
women's aid. In fact, the botch that men
have made of the business of making laws
ought, it seems to us, to lead them to ask
them whether the finer and quicker in-
tuitions and more delicate sensibilities of
women are not as much needed in
the management of public affairs as they
are in the affairs of the family. Not
only are women superior to men in what our
correspondent considers women's sphere, but
they often bring to affairs regarded as pecu-
liarly belonging to men an insight and a
judgment which render them most valuable
counsellors of men. The man who scorns the
advice of women is anything but a wise man.
And seeing that mankind is composed of men
and women, and that the two sexes are the
natural complements of each other, is not the
leaving of what concerns both entirely to one
sex, very much like the attempt of an indi-
vidual to use only one leg in walking?

Objections to Woman Suffrage.

When arguments against woman suffrage
are called for, it is asserted that "the Creator
intended that the sphere of the males and fe-
males of our race should be different." Un-
doubtedly, in some respects. There will al-
ways be some things that men can do better
than women, and others that women can do
better than men. But no one now believes

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Providence Evening Telegram, "Providence Evening Telegram, March 17, 1887," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #315, (accessed August 22, 2019).