Many of those against women’s suffrage claimed that woman’s place is in the home and that only the man of the household could know enough to make decisions about the world outside the home.
Some people thought that women are too illogical and would not show good judgment in voting.
Another argument was that entering the world of politics would destroy women’s natural “purity” and have “a dangerous, undermining effect on the character of wives and mothers,” as former president Grover Cleveland put it in 1905.
One underlying fear was that women would no longer listen to their husbands and would take over the government. A number of people said women’s suffrage would destroy the family and this in turn would destroy society.
The 1912 Election Day cover of popular Leslie’s magazine portrayed exuberant, stylish young suffragettes. Such favorable portrayals helped the cause of women’s suffrage.
Some well-to-do women were very active in the anti-suffrage movement, and many other women showed no interest in gaining the vote.
The National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, led by Josephine (Mrs. Arthur M.) Dodge had 200,000 members by 1915.