Suffering Through Suffrage: Arguing Women’s Right to Vote

Lesson Duration

From The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship

Primary Source Document: Memorial of Alice Wadsworth of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, 12/11/1917

Why do the authors oppose woman suffrage?  In a written response, students will state their position to this question and provide evidence from the document to support their position.

Enrichment – Students complete the same process using a pro-suffrage document, then compare and contrast the views in both the pro and anti woman suffrage sources. They evaluate each author’s point of view based on his or her claims, reasoning and evidence.


The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship is a partnership between the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida.