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The Rhetoric of Gender Upheaval during the Campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment

21 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2013  

Lynda G. Dodd

The City University of New York (CUNY) - City College

Date Written: February 28, 2013

Abstract

This essay examines the anti-suffragists’ rhetoric of gender upheaval during the final years of the suffrage campaign in order to more precisely identify their concerns and justifications regarding the virtues of traditional gender roles and women’s civic membership. When scholars of the history of women’s civic status focus on “patriarchy’s appeal” to “dominant white male citizens,” they miss the prevalence of the women who opposed changes to their own civic status. This essay explores their arguments in two leading anti-suffrage journals, The Remonstrance and The Woman Protest, and considers what their legacy might offer to today’s debates regarding the evolution of women’s roles.

Keywords: Nineteenth Amendment, women's history

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Dodd, Lynda G., The Rhetoric of Gender Upheaval during the Campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment (February 28, 2013). Boston University Law Review, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2226752

Lynda G. Dodd (Contact Author)

The City University of New York (CUNY) - City College ( email )

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