Vintage Anti-Suffrage Posters Show Why Men Were Scared To Give Women The Vote

Published November 4, 2010
Updated February 10, 2017

With the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920, women were formally given the right to vote: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

This was the culmination of more than a century of hotly contested advocacy and debate in the American public on women’s suffrage. Below are some examples of anti-suffrage posters and illustrations, with most focusing on the ruinous consequences for the American household and family if women were given the right to vote (a.k.a. men having to spend time with their own children):

Crying Baby
Hug
In The Home
Man Washing
Vintage Anti-Suffrage Posters Show Why Men Were Scared To Give Women The Vote
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Do you know the name of the only woman to ever vote for national women's suffrage? Learn it here. Or, check out these inspiring photos of the suffrage movement.

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