"In Life, Each Must Sew Her Own"
“fem-i-nism – n. 1. a
doctrine advocating social, political, and economic rights for women equal to
those of men. 2. a movement for the attainment of such rights.”
You might be surprised to learn that women had the right to vote in this country in the beginning. The Constitution is silent on the subject. It was the individual states who barred women from voting, and New Jersey didn't get around to doing that until 1807.Gender isn't mentioned in the Constitution until the Fourteenth Amendment (adopted in 1868) and even then, it doesn't bar women from voting. It's a bit arcane. It has to do with how Representatives are apportioned. You start by counting everyone (women and men), but then you subtract off the number of adult males who were barred from voting.Except for that, the Fourteenth uses gender-neutral terms. To be elected, you had to be a "person."Ted
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