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I recall hearing (in History class) that when women were campaigning to get the vote, some (powerful?) people suggested that if women were given the right to vote, you might as well give the vote to cows or other animals.

Is this true? If so, who said/implied it? When did they say it? Is there an original source for this?

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"I recall hearing (in History class)" - note: don't believe everything you hear in History class.... – user2590 Aug 21 '13 at 6:56
up vote 8 down vote accepted

The only remotely related quote I could find was:

A discussion of the rights of animals would be regarded with far more complacency by many of what are called the wise and the good of our land, than would be a discussion of the rights of woman.

(Frederick Douglass in the North Star, 1848)

It could be that his words were transformed into the statement you heard.

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Agreed, that's about the only statement I have seen. Here is one place to view the statement - npg.si.edu/col/seneca/senfalls1.htm – MichaelF Oct 14 '11 at 16:48
And Douglass was speaking for another disenfranchised group, black slaves. – Tom Au Oct 16 '11 at 13:04

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