I’m glad to be living today!
I ran across the following article recently and realized the advances women have made in America.
This is from Are Women People? by Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942) during the Suffragist era. It was obviously written ‘tongue in cheek’ using similar reasons why women should not be given the right to vote.
WHY WE OPPOSE WOMEN TRAVELLING IN RAILWAY TRAINS
1. Because travelling in trains is not a natural right.
2. Because our great-grandmothers never asked to travel in trains.
3. Because woman’s place is the home, not the train.
4. Because it is unnecessary; there is no point reached by a train that cannot be reached on foot.
5. Because it will double the work of conductors; engineers and brakemen who are already overburdened.
6. Because men smoke and play cards in trains. Is there any reason to believe that women will behave better?
I’m glad I’m living in today’s world.
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