Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, March 28, 1901
You say “I do not want the right to vote which carries with it onerous duties for which I have neither time nor inclination.”
I presume you mean to say you “do not want to vote ” for the “ right ” to do it exists quite independently of your wishes. I do not want you to vote; but I interfere with your perfect right to do so if you so desire, if I attempt to prevent you from voting. That is my position in a nut shell. I do not recommend women to vote — that is a matter for themselves entirely to decide — but I have no right to prevent them from doing so. Men, having at the present time the sole legal power of voting, have abused their power by denying to women the exercise of what is a natural right under the republican form of government.
It is to my mind as clearly an abuse of power as the laws passed by the educated Southerners making it a crime