August 18, 1920 was the date the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified granting American women the right to vote and, unlike the wasted 18th and 21st Amendments, this one is, in the idiom of the times, the cat’s pajamas.
Women’s suffrage and other rights have been a long struggle and to this day remain a problem in many parts of the world.
In the U.S., and Texas in particular, a significant reason for the backlash against the female vote was the belief that it could endanger white power in America by opening a Pandora’s Box of minority rights. These concerns turned out to be unfounded, as seen in this Austin Woman Suffrage Association pamphlet asking, “Won’t You Help Us Make Texas White?” The group’s marketing at the time promised a doubling of the white vote while minorities could still be repressed through literacy tests and a poll tax. Another significant fear was that female political activity would undermine the family with political women no longer having children, which is, particularly in the case of Nancy Pelosi, complete nonsense.
The question of female political identity is vaporous with each side claiming Women (with a large dubya) for their camp. But women’s polling behavior has always been unpredictable as seen in the recent divisive campaign of Sarah Palin. Half the women seem to think she’s a hero and the other half a dingbat, which proportionally leans a little harsher than the overall male view.
A more recent example of no-holds-barred, girl-on-girl action is occurring in California this year in the conservative campaign of Carly Fiorina, ex-CEO of Hewlett Packard, successfully challenging the Senate’s liberal lioness Barbara Boxer in the upcoming midterm elections. Ms. Fiorina even made some catty remarks about Ms. Boxer’s hair before a CNN interview following her Republican primary victory.
This is on top of the other conservative Meg Whitman, billionaire ex-CEO of eBay, successfully challenging former governor Jerry Brown to replace the Governator as California’s new governor.
Without female voting and an involved female populace there would likely be no female politicians and just think of how the races would look then.
For anyone interested, here are a number of reasons why men should not be allowed to vote, according to suffragist Alice Duer Miller in 1915:
Why We Don’t Want Men to Vote
-Because man’s place is in the army.
-Because no really manly man wants to settle any question otherwise than by fighting about it.
-Because if men should adopt peaceable methods women will no longer look up to them.
-Because men will lose their charm if they step out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms, and drums.
-Because men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them unfit for government.
Here is a link to famous women in Texas’ history.