The only obligation women could refuse

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The only obligation women could refuse

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More tax protests! 15 years after Lucy Stone’s tax protest, even more women refused to be taxed until they were represented.

Dec 16, 1873 - 100 years since the Boston Tea Party - Dr. Clemence Lozier called for a mass tax protest in New York.

“One hundred years ago our ancestors precipitated a rebellion by refusing to pay a tax on Tea, imposed against their will. At the end of a century 20,000,000 of their daughters are suffering precisely the same wrong…” [More tomorrow on Dr. Lozier!]

In the decade of the American centennial, the language of the Revolution resonated with more and more women. Tax Protest Leagues appeared in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York; women also refused to pay taxes in San Jose, Colorado Springs, and Des Moines.

Linda Kerber explains that taxes were about the only obligation of citizenship that women could refuse: “Women could not refuse to serve on juries, since no one asked them. Women could not refuse militia service, since no one asked them. But women could refuse to pay taxes and voting for representatives had been linked to paying taxes ever since the tea was thrown into Boston Harbor.” #Suffrage100 

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Daily Suffragist

Date

21/12/2019

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Daily Suffragist, “The only obligation women could refuse,” Daily Suffragist, accessed April 14, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/194.

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