Women’s suffrage was ushered in on May 21, 1919 when the House of Representatives passed what would become the 19th amendment giving women the vote. Two weeks later, the Senate passed it. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify it and the 19th amendment was adopted.
Was women’s suffrage a good decision? Was it God-honoring? After much study, I’ve come to the conclusion that women’s suffrage wasn’t (and still isn’t) God-honoring and has ushered in much evil.
Women were once expected to prepare to be wives, mothers, and homemakers. Since the advent of feminism (which brought in women’s suffrage) women have been encouraged to pursue whatever goals they desire rather than preparing to fulfil the purpose for which God created them. Taught from infancy that we ought to “Follow your heart,” almost never are women told that that, in fact, is a sin.
Before women’s suffrage, men served as the head of their household just as the Lord intended. He was the provider, defender, leader, guide, and head of his wife and children. When he voted, he did so not just for himself but as the representative of his family. Women’s suffrage changed this. No longer was the man the effective head of his household. He no longer represented his family with his vote; he only represented himself.
The notion of men making decisions for their wives is foreign to most people today. Even in the church, feminism–a co-actor in the war on men and an integral part of the women’s suffrage movement–has lead to a lowering of men’s status in the family, church, and society. Women are to be seen as co-equal or even superior.
Attacks on marriage come from without the church (egalitarianism) and from within the church (complementarianism). It’s so commonplace that few men even notice that they’ve been disenfranchised. This feminized home, church, and society is all they’ve ever known and, thus to them, it’s normal.