Poem written by Violet Leigh discussing her opposition towards the Suffrage Movement. Eau Claire Leader, November 1912.

In the early 1900's, Violet Leigh, a pseudonym used by Maud Phillips, was a regional poet who had numerous poems published in newspapers in the surrounding area. Leigh was well-known for her poetry all over the state, writing on a variety of topics.

One of the many topics discussed by Leigh was the Suffrage Movement. In reaction to the upcoming 1912 referendum vote that would have given women the right to vote if passed, Leigh became vocal in her disagreement towards the movement and referendum. Throughout 1911 and 1912, Leigh had several poems published in the Eau Claire Leader that went into detail about her preferences for what she thought women should do when it came to politics. More specifically, what they should not do.

"God made the man to rule the woman and no true woman would deny that right to the man she loves and who loves her. When men and women comprehend their duties to the world and relations to each other, love will reign. Bickerings of women over the ballot and minor considerations will sink into oblivion." Violet Leigh, March 6, 1911.

Many of her opinions were based on her religious beliefs about a woman's responsibilities at home. Leigh was adamant that women did not need to take part in politics, and instead needed to focus on their duties at home, and not disrupt family structures. On June 17, 1912 in the Eau Claire Leader, Leigh stated that she saw a suffragist as a "woman at her worst." After the referendum was voted down, Leigh expressed her joy in another poem published in the Eau Claire Leader in November of 1912. 

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