Author: Richmond Daily Enquirer

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“An Appeal for Woman Suffrage” (March 23, 1870)

In this article, published March 23, 1870, by the Richmond Daily Enquirer, Anna Whitehead Bodeker argues for equal treatment of men and women under the law and in society. She debunks the idea that women cannot enter spheres historically dominated by men for their protection and the preservation of their femaleness. This is the second of her two essays on suffrage published in the Richmond Daily Enquirer, which opposed extending the franchise.

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“Defence of Woman Suffrage” (March 18, 1870)

In this article, published March 18, 1870, by the Richmond Daily Enquirer, Anna Whitehead Bodeker frames women’s suffrage as an expansion of rights, the basis for the freedoms Americans historically have held so dear. She points out the ways in which the expectations for a woman’s role in society have limited her individual potential and social contributions. This is the first of her two essays on suffrage published in the Richmond Daily Enquirer, which opposed extending the franchise.

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