Public Scholars Project

Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire

December 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Westfield, NJ | Second Westfield Senior Citizen Housing
For decades, countless American women fought for the right to vote. But many others—like the costumed fictional Anti-Suffragist portrayed in this program—fought against it. Written by pro-Suffragist Marie Jenney Howe in 1912, this witty, insightful satire sheds light on some of the apparently absurd arguments offered by those opposed to the Suffragist movement. Anti arguments like “If given the ballot, would she destroy civilization by voting with—or by voting against !—her own husband ?” will be explored, while insight about the sociological, historical, and political context informs the arguments against Suffrage.

Michèle LaRue
First Person Interpreter
Second Westfield Senior Citizen Housing
1129 Boynton Ave
Westfield, NJ