Casefile Clues

15 December 2012

Cassatt Urges Spanking of Militant Suffragists

I ran across this lengthy item while searching for obituaries on Genealogybank.com  It is not often one sees spanking advocated as a punishment. This article on a group opposed to women's suffrage listed  the names of several members at the end--one just never knows what type of results will be obtained when searching in newspapers. The article consisted of several quotes from Mrs. Cassatt--who was very vocal in her opposition to woman's suffrage.

Never assume your ancestor will not be quoted in the newspaper. Also consider the possibility that you may not agree with their political views--which may be indicative of their times and not of ours. It is not our duty to judge.

Date: Saturday, November 30, 1912  

Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)  

obtained on     Genealogybank.com

Cassatt goes on to list a variety of social ills that will be made worse by women getting the right to vote, including the "neglect of the home." Cassatt referred to women in politics as a "joke," and women were unfit for bench because they are "emotional."


Date: Saturday, November 30, 1912  

Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)  

obtained on    Genealogybank.com
Remember that one can easily find opinions of ancestors with which you may not agree. Also remember that there may be descendants of your own in one hundred years that do not agree with you.

And search for newspaper entries on your ancestors on Genealogybank.com and other sites. You never know what discoveries await.