As the Suffrage movement in Wisconsin continued to grow and build momentum, there were many who began to speak out in opposition. Organizations and individuals began to protest the growing movement in fear that it would cause a disruption in the everyday lives that many had grown accustomed to. Some of the opposition strategies were to rally around the state to gain followers, like the brewing industry did. Other strategies were to speak out in local newspapers to present arguments in opposition to the movement.
The referendum of 1912 brought hope for the suffragists and fear to the opposition. Many, such as Eau Claire poet, Violet Leigh (aka Maud Phillips), began to speak out in hope that it would deter the referedum from passing. After the referendum of 1912 failed to pass, the opposition movement continued to organize to deny women the right to vote, but the opposition's momentum slowed and was further hindered by the passage of prohibition and U.S. entry into World War I.