Excerpt from "Mary Wilson
(Part Four), taken from Delaware History, Volume
XVIII, 1978-1979, p. 251.
I have always opposed votes for women. It is constitutional
with me. It is not that I feel women cannot vote or are not
the mental equal of our men folks, but I feel that it is
duplicating our work. It is putting an extra burden on the
women and it has weakened materially our power with the
As long as the women of
the state came to the legislators of the state to ask for a reform
in the laws or an improvement in conditions, our legislators knew
we had no ulterior motive and also knew that they could act with a
clear conscience, as there was no return vote by which they might
benefit. The first question now that arises in their minds
is, will she vote for me or will she not? After more than
fifteen years of a tryout, what has been accomplished?
The cheapening of womanhood, giving her a sort of independence by
which she makes it a favor to her husband to attend to her
housekeeping and attend to the children; a sort of overbearing
spirit towards the men she meets casually, insinuating that
she is better equipped in many ways then they are.
I say to the women in this country that their first duty is to
keep up their man power. If a woman constantly jeers and
openly refuses to consider her husband's opinions, what is to
become of the family? With women all taking up jobs and
receiving independent salaries for them, naturally they feel equal
if not superior to their husbands. The young woman you see
around in public is personally unattractive; she talks too loud
and makes herself conspicuous; she is immodest on the beach and in
the ballroom; and with her continual loud talking and constant
smoking has lost much of her feminine charm.
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