Should women have the right to vote?

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  1. davenmidtown profile image71
    davenmidtownposted 11 years ago

    Should women have the right to vote?

    Am working on my first political hub and gathering information. I would like to hear both sides of the opinionated coin about whether or not women should have the right to vote or if only men should vote and speak for their house. This ties a bit into religion where the view is that men are the head of their household and as such speak for everyone there... generalized yes...but hopefully the point is taken...

  2. profile image0
    Larry Wallposted 11 years ago

    I cannot imagine women not being allowed to vote. There are a lot of old customs that you can find in the history books, religious text and other places. I am sure someone will find a Bible verse that says women should be subservient to men or something like that.

    I have know plenty of smart women and some not so smart. The same is true for men, with the only exception is that a lot of men like to wear their ignorance on the sleeve.

    Short answer, women should have the right to vote. The only problem is that it took so long for the ruling male majority to realize that.

    1. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      This is not just about american women... this is a world view question. The women of the world have little compared to what american women have. read through these comments (from women) and you will see.

  3. faria_lupin profile image59
    faria_lupinposted 11 years ago

    what kind of question it is...?
    nowadays it is not `woman' or `man'....they are equal.....
    women should have the right to vote we should follow what is going on the present days....some women are better than men and they have the same qualities as other men do...
    some people are creating this kind of problems.....

    1. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      faria_lupin... move to India, Iran, China... where women are property... would you let your father pick your husband? Do you ask permission from your husband befor you leave your house? do you drive?

  4. viquar profile image68
    viquarposted 11 years ago

    Should Women have the right to live? this sounds alike. The right to vote should be a fundamental right for women, as they play a vital role in developing the society and it is a right that recognizes them as an equal member of the society. No matter which religion has views to the contrary,or which government withholds the rights,  it should be demanded even to the extent of using force.

    1. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      But do they? is it? can it be?

  5. davenmidtown profile image71
    davenmidtownposted 11 years ago

    I don't typically respond in the middle of questions but I needed to bring up a point here. Women do not have the right to vote in every nation around the world and this question does not mention America. In parts of the world, women have no rights or the rights of their husband outweighs even the value of their life....

  6. Victoria Lynn profile image88
    Victoria Lynnposted 11 years ago

    Dave, I thought this question was a joke at first. I chuckled. It's sad that many women in other countries don't have the right to vote, and it's tragic that there are people who are so ignorant or arrogant to have the mindset that women shouldn't vote. It's ridiculous, assinine (sp?), archaic, and simply makes no sense. Even the head of household thing makes no sense. For men to control their wives is definitely archaic.   What about single women? Never married, divorced, or widowed?  They ARE the head of household. Having to decide whether or not to "allow" a woman to vote is like asking if women should be allowed to breathe. You are certainly getting some interesting responses from this question!

    1. austinhealy profile image73
      austinhealyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Very well put, Victoria, you hit the nail on the head... with a sledgehammer, but that was called for smile

    2. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Voting is so far down on the list of things that women can not do world wide that it serves as a catalyst. It was my hope that people would recognize that...some have. Read through the comments and understand how much american women have to give back

  7. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 11 years ago

    Of course women should have the right to vote.  We are not the same, but we are equal.  So yes, in whatever nation, a woman should have the right to vote, or own property, or whatever.

  8. JayeWisdom profile image88
    JayeWisdomposted 11 years ago

    I can't believe you even asked this question in the 21st Century (and I'm hoping you asked it without being on the "no" side).  We're long past the days when women were considered little more than property of their husbands or, if not married, their closest male relative.  At least, that's true in the U.S., Canada and the UK.  I think it's also true of European countries as well.  (Let's leave the Mideast and their religious beliefs out of the equation for now, but I believe women should have equal rights to those that men enjoy in those countries as well.)

    I realize that there are fundamentalist Christian religious denominations that hew to the Old Testament line, and all I can say about them is they should have to LIVE back in Old Testament times without the modern conveniences and discoveries that make contemporary life easier and lifespans longer. Even the men might find that a bit hard to take!

    As for whether or not women should vote....a resounding YES!  It was difficult to get the law passed to allow women the vote, but it happened, thanks to the brave suffragettes who would not give up until it did. Even the suggestion that women of today should allow a man to tell them who they should vote for, in effect canceling not only their vote, but their opinion, is barbaric and out of place in any civilized country! 

    Sorry I got a bit emotional about this question. I applaud the unemotional, calm and very well written answers by others. Also, I just saw and read your "midstream" comment, Dave, and if your question is directed only toward those countries that do not allow women to vote, I will still say "yes" with equal energy. All women should have the same rights as men, no matter where they live. Will this happen? Not in my lifetime, but perhaps some day....

    1. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      think world wide... many women can not even choose their own husbands, drive cars, or leave their house without an escort. They are own like property and not treated as humans at all....

  9. rlaha profile image61
    rlahaposted 11 years ago

    Although some religions say that the man is the head of the household and that women need to stay at home to take care of the children and the home, I don't understand why women should not be allowed to vote. It should be their right just as it is with men and mens' rights to vote.  I do not feel that there should be any discrimination of women just because they have to be "subservient" to men. It wouldn't be fair right?

    1. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Is life fair? what should be is not always what is.

  10. bloggering profile image74
    bloggeringposted 11 years ago

    I think the men in these countries are afraid that if women had voting privileges they would take over and change everything. It's about control - plain and simple. Isn't that what religion is all about?

    Oh - to answer your question...of course women should have the right. If you're intelligent enough to understand what you're voting for, then you should be able to cast a vote.

  11. Mazzy Bolero profile image68
    Mazzy Boleroposted 11 years ago

    I wonder how much good the vote would do women in some countries, where they can't even go out the door without a male relative as a chaperon. They cannot get a job, so are entirely dependent on males.  Girls may not be given any education. These things would have to change before they could vote with any individual freedom of choice.

    1. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      this is exactly what I wanted to shine light upon...

  12. Stephanie Henkel profile image94
    Stephanie Henkelposted 11 years ago

    Actually, perhaps the question should be, "Should men have the right to vote?"   So far, they don't have the best track record...

  13. Riverfish24 profile image82
    Riverfish24posted 11 years ago

    I can't believe that is even a valid question..but since you asked, then the answer is abolsutely YES. Why shouldn't they? Everybody has a right to voice their opinion and exercise their right to choose.

    1. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      The question was asked because not everywhere do women have the right to vote... or to even choose their own spouse. In some places they are not permitted to drive a car, own property or have legal rights.... so yeah... the question is valid.

  14. MaryamSicard profile image61
    MaryamSicardposted 11 years ago

    Somebody knows if a person can make controversial questions to catch the attention and comments of people, to raise their score or something? Is this or I agreed with JayeWisdom, I ALSO can't believe you even asked this question in the 21st Century. I really think that education is one of the most important rights on all societies. Man, please...

    1. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I asked the question because not every nation is in the 21st century.... there is more to the world then just the United States and the plight of women around the world is not equal.... nor is it just. read the comments for more on this topic.

  15. MilesArmbruster profile image60
    MilesArmbrusterposted 11 years ago

    The framers of the Constitution fought through this question, and I guess it is a good thing that they left room for amendments, cuz yes, I think that women should be able to vote.
    But I think that idiots shouldn't be able to vote.
    Let's face it, the reason that the status as head of household was ever an issue is connected to owning land. How could a person who doesn't own land know how to vote for a person who will make laws related to land owning. The point is that as long as you have any criteria for saying who can or can't vote it is a best guess as to what that criteria should be. So it is good that women can vote, because gender is certainly not a good criterion to determine who can and can't vote.
    Nevertheless, I think that idiots shouldn't be able to vote.
    For me, I am glad that my wife can vote, and all women for that matter. I am not arrogant enough to think that I can understand women anyway let alone how to represent their issues politically. Although I have to tell you that from listening to my wife, she has never met a "politically active" woman who shares her views on anything.
    Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I heard of ANY politician who represents my values in any way. Obviously someone else voted them into office, because I certainly didn't. Who voted for these people?
    That is why I think that idiots should not be able to vote.
    I just hope we can figure out who the idiots are... and I hope I'm not one of them.

  16. IDONO profile image60
    IDONOposted 11 years ago

    Of course. Since they are an equal part of the population and their life is as precious to them as anyone, they should have the same privilege to vote as men.
          As far as men's "track record", women have been allowed to vote for many years and many elections, so to put that responsibility of a bad track record solely on men is a total cop out.

  17. profile image52
    Janbatposted 11 years ago

    I have found an interesting website for you which covers the variety of reasons why Suffrage in Britain was opposed at the time:

    Most of the arguments seem to hang on the answer "Because the physical nature of women unfits them for direct comĀ­petition with men".  Not an opinion we would share today, I hope!

  18. Peanutritious profile image59
    Peanutritiousposted 11 years ago

    WHAT? Are you serious? How mysogynistic a question is that? I'm not religious either!

    1. davenmidtown profile image71
      davenmidtownposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I am serious... the question is not formed as a is a question. The question also does not state "within the United States"... the world holds a far dimmer and different view of women than just the view within the united states.


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