Was the issue of women’s suffrage debated during the drafting of the 1809 Instruments of Government?

What were the main arguments for women’s suffrage?

Arguments in support of suffrage were grounded in women’s rights:

  • Natural rights—those who are affected by laws should have a say in making them.
  • No taxation without representation—women are wage workers and pay taxes.
  • Legislation will be more moral, educational and humane—women will clean up politics and government.

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