The unsexing of women

Texas Congressman Rufus Handy said that he didn’t “seriously object to women’s suffrage.”

Before Texas became the first state in the South to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1919, Handy explained that he feared “the result of unsexing our women….By unsexing, I mean taking away the romance and tenderness—the delicacy and gentleness that makes woman the flower of humanity.”

AT the 2017 Texas State Fair, we learned about Rufus Handy in a special exhibit about women winning the right to vote in Texas.

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