At this time of all times the poetizing and enfeebling of the practical instincts, experience, and capability of the State by the admission of women as voters would be a perilous venture.
From a New York Times editorial in 1915 opposing women’s suffrage (PDF). “We’ve changed positions on that,” says their current Editorial Page Editor…
Another choice sentence (though you’ll want to read the whole thing):
And when thoughtful men are perplexed, seeing so many thorny questions, so many contingencies, so much dependent on the war, such possibilities of swift transitions after the war, the suffragists come, in all innocence, and ask to have the economic and political wisdom, not too high already, of the electorate diluted by the infusion of unpracticed, uninstructed feminism!