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Eleanor Roosevelt opposed women getting the right to vote


Added 04-14-18 12:18:02pm EST - “They were some of the most accomplished American women of the early 20th century: a college founder, a journalism pioneer, a suffragist who had been on the front lines with Susan B. Anthony, a futu…” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Eleanor Roosevelt opposed women getting the right to vote”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

They were some of the most accomplished American women of the early 20th century: a college founder, a journalism pioneer, a suffragist who had been on the front lines with Susan B. Anthony, a future feminist icon.

Meet the Antis, the female activists who nearly defeated the 19th Amendment in the summer of 1920. “It was a shocker,” said Elaine Weiss, whose new book “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote” (Viking) details the six-week statehouse battle in Nashville, Tenn., that finally gave voting rights to women. “The idea that there were women who were against their own freedom was really startling to me.”

In 1919, both houses of Congress voted in favor of the giving women the vote. But it had to pass muster in 36 of the nation’s 48 state legislatures to become law.

After 35 states passed the amendment, and a dozen rejected or refused to vote on it, it all came down to Tennessee.

“We are determined to prevent women from descending to the political level of men,” declared Charlotte Rowe, a top “Anti” strategist. Lawmakers who favored it, she warned, “will prostitute your civilization.”

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