Re: female suffrage

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Tue Aug 21 2001 - 09:08:04 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:
> Zero Powers writes
> > I think the really interesting question (though I'm admittedly too lazy to
> > look into it) would be to see how those populations break down by gender.
> > My guess would be that the earlier a state enfranchised its women, the
> > smaller was the ratio of women to men. It's one thing to enfranchise a
> > previously alienated voting block which constitutes a small minority of the
> > voting population. It's quite another to do it if that block will become
> > the voting majority.
> I think that you're probably right. That would certainly go
> towards explaining why Wyoming was the first U.S. state.

Another thing to consider is the degree of aristocratic rule. If the
aristocracy is keeping the underclass working in the mines on election
day, they certainly don't want their workers' wives being able to vote
in their husband's stead....

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