Women's Suffrage Dbq

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The views of European citizens on the issue of female suffrage were widely varied during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The women supporting female suffrage, the men against suffrage, and the people going against their gender’s common belief were all groups of people concerned about the effects that female suffrage would cause towards political and social order, such as social or political chaos and disorder. Documents 3, 6, 11, and 12 display the views of me against women’s suffrage. Document 3 refers to a speech at the House of Commons describing how women get all their information about politics from men, so it is only second-hand, and the speaker, Henry James, believed that women do not possess enough valid information to be able to vote. (Doc.3) Document 6 shows the view of a prime minister, Francesco Crispi, appealing to the Italian Senate. He believes that female participation in suffrage would cause social, and possibly political, disorder in society. But, his view is slightly biased because he may only be against woman’s suffrage, in this speech, because he wants to appeal to the Senate, who the majority would most likely be against women’s suffrage. (Doc.6) Document 11 also serves to be against women’s suffrage, and shows that Count Reventlow believes women are not made to make decisions; instead they should be standing by their men as support. (Doc.11) Then, the last document with similar views would be document 12, in which a French Senatorial Commission speaker comments that women are not fit for the ballots and should solely remain as the mothers and wives of society, and nothing more. (Doc.12) Women during this time generally supported female suffrage, documents 2, 4, 5, 9, and 10 all support this idea. Document 2 shows a French political activist arguing for equality with men, saying that it degrades women to not be able to vote, while
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