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Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 1912: Esther Pohl's "Argument for Woman Suffrage" Part II

More from Esther C. Pohl, "An Argument for Woman Suffrage" [Salem] Capital Journal, May 18, 1912, 6.

"... Some opponents to the enfranchisement of women argue that governments depend on force, and women cannot fight, therefore, they should not vote. It will be interesting to read the petitions for disfranchisement which these gentlemen will surely present at the dawn of universal peace. In the meantime women will continue to serve as nurses in times of war, and at a greater risk to their lives than soldiers themselves incur, will produce every man who goes to the front. Insurance companies make a study of life risks, and while none of them discriminate against men on account of potential war, many of them discriminate against women, even in this sterile age, on account of potential motherhood."