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ATHENIAN DEBATING SOCIETY
Organized 1899 Colors—Crimson ami Cold
That’s the way we spell ii;
That’s tiie way we yell it.
President, Cora Chittenden, 09
Vice-President. Nellie Davidson, ’09
Recording Secretary, Rena Turner, 09
Second Semester President, Lena M. Freiday, To
Vice-President, Mildred Spencer. 09
Recording Secretary, Isabelle Gabus, To Advisor, Anne M. Goshen, A. B., B. S.
Many interesting as well as instructive debates have been held during the year, and the Athenian talent has not only been shown in their meetings but has extended throughout the debating work of the school.
Aside from the regular weekly debates a few social events have been enjoyed. One among these was the reception given to the Ciceronian Debating Society on March 20. The evening’s entertainment was the impersonation of a “Last Day at a Country School."
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A WOMAN’S REASON WHY A WOMAN SHOULD VOTE
Various so-called reasons why women should not vote have been urged. Indeed, women, it is said, are weak, foolish, frivolous; they arc unable to hear arms; they have enough rights now; they are protected by men’s votes, and so forth.
There arc men. and plenty of them, against whom all the considerations enumerated above, except that of sex, can be urged as reasons whv they should not vote: but they are never urged against them, because they belong to that class which heretofore have had the power to say who shall vote.
The equal opportunity to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which our constitution guarantees is a farce as long as one-half the adults arc disfranchised. or else women are not citizens. Have we a representative government based on universal suffrage—a government of the people, for the people and by the people? Xo, our government is a cross between a monarchy and a republic—a government of the men. for the men and bv the men, who seem to have forgotten the words of the Yankee at the l.oston Tea Party that “Taxation without representation is tyranny, and to govern a people without their consent is despotism.”
Yet in this day and age of the world women are owning and controlling property, and are paying taxes on the same to support a government in which they arc not represented.
The opponents say on this phase of the question: "If property is to be the test should not the one who owns most vote most?” And again let me recall the Revolutionary Period. Did the Colonies think that because England owned more property than they, that they should have no voice in Parliament?
Xot only is the present state of affairs unconstitutional, but arc not women capable of using the ballot, and would it not bring good to the community? No right is so strong as that of a mother to vote for the protection of her child, and is it |X)ssiblc for a mother to mould and direct the education of a boy until he is twenty-one and then be less competent to make and administer laws than that boy? Statistics show that four-fifths of all the good magazines and hooks of today arc read by women, and that four times as many girls as boys graduate from our high schools, so it can hardly be said she is not capable of voting when they grant that privilege to the most degraded man in the country, who cannot read his own ballot, and to the foreigner who cannot read a word of our language.
An eminent divine recently declared that the old maxim. “Taxation without representation.” was utterly inapplicable to the subject of woman suffrage, but he failed to give any reason, good or bad. for his assertion, although he attempted to offer some excuse for it.
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