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Early 1900s Women's Suffrage: The Case Against
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* An article called 'An Appeal Against Female Suffrage' published in The Nineteenth Century Magazine in June 1889
(PP5939e. Reproduced by permission of the British Library)
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* PRO ref: HO 45/10338/139199; views of anti-suffrage MP William Cremer, April 1906 *
How to use this source to help you answer the big question   *
Study this source carefully and consider what it tells you about why people thought women should not get the vote. You should consider:
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* Does this article suggest women are inferior to men? *
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* According to this article, in what ways are the roles of men and women different? *
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* What do you think the following phrases mean: 'disabilities of sex'; 'strong formations of custom and habit'? *
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* The writers of this article were wealthy women, the wives of leading political figures in England. Does this affect your view of what is said in the article? *
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