OBJECTIONS TO WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE STATE AND ANSWERED.
There are a great number of objections raised to the extension of the franchise to women in Great Britain. Many of these are the result of prejudice, short-sightedness and the general opposition of people to new ideas and forms of government. They are objections which have been raised at the inception of every reform. Sydney Smith wrote with perfect truth "There is not one single source of human happiness against which there have not been uttered the most lugubrious predictions - turnpike roads, navigable canals, inoculation, hops, tobacco, the Reformation, the Revolution. There is always a set of worthy and moderately gifted men who bawl out death and ruin upon every valuable change which the varying aspect of human affairs absolutely and imperiously requires. It would be extremely useful to make a collection of the hatred and abuse that all these changes have experienced which are now admitted to be marked improvements in our condition. Such a history might make folly a little more modest and suspicious of its own decisions."
Some of these arguments are:
1. That women do not want the vote.
It is a curious thing that, though legislation affecting women has been often carried through parliament, the mere fact of women not wanting it has never hindered its passage. It was only when women, after nearly 60 years of active organisation; after holding gigantic mass meetings attended by hundreds of thousands of persons; in short, after the innumerable activities of the various Suffrage Leagues, said in a voice which has stirred the five continents that they did want a vote - it was only then that our legislators discovered that it would be unjust to women to force them to the polling-booth!