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5 reasons why men shouldn't be allowed to vote, from 1915

Libby Nelson is Vox's policy editor, leading coverage of how government action and inaction shape American life. Libby has more than a decade of policy journalism experience, including at Inside Higher Ed and Politico. She joined Vox in 2014.

In 1915, supporters of women's suffrage argued that actually, women should probably do all the voting, and the men should just stay out of it:

Reasons why men shouldn't vote

National American Woman Suffrage Association. Image from the Library of Congress via UNC School of Education.

"Men will lose their charm if they step out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms, and drums… Men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this."

This is the 47th presidential or midterm election since the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, giving women the right to vote in every state.

If feminist satire and poetry from the early 20th century are your thing, Alice Duer Miller, the poster's author, wrote an entire book of it in 1915: Are Women People? "Why We Oppose Pockets for Women" is nearly as good as "Why We Oppose Votes for Men." ("It would destroy man's chivalry toward woman, if he did not have to carry all her things in his pockets.")

(Hat tip to the Huffington Post and the UNC School of Education.)

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