#TBT: Famous Moments On the Wrong Side of History

One day we will laugh at the freak out over marriage equality. After all, the zipper frightened people to death at one time, too. Here are some historic lows of paranoid impediments to progress.

BY Christopher Harrity

July 31 2014 3:00 AM ET

Above left: A page from Kate Shippen Roosevelt's scrapbook. Above right: Dr. Anna Shaw supresses a smile.

Women's Suffrage: "Simply Unnecessary"
In the early 1900s Kate Shippen Roosevelt, the widow of Theodore Roosevelt’s first cousin, Hilborne L. Roosevelt, opposed women gaining the right to vote. She was wealthy, connected, and politically active. In her diary she claimed that women's right to vote was "simply unnecessary." It's easy of course to find the historical references of men battling the Suffrage Cause, but examples like Mrs. Roosevelt were shockingly common as well.

The President of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, Dr. Anna Shaw, called anti-suffragists the “home, hearth and mother crowd.”  When asked why there was no marriage in heaven, Dr. Shaw brazenly responded, “Because there are no men in heaven.” She felt women joining forces could live happily in a female-dominated world. When she died in 1919, at her beside was Lucy Anthony (Susan B. Anthony’s niece). Called her “intimate companion,” Lucy Anthony lived with Dr. Shaw for 30 years. (Source: ultimatehistoryproject.com)

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