The Vote. White men had it, black men had it. Women didn’t. Not on a national scale. Until 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
With that it was recognized that women could vote. It was pushed heavily by author Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton back in the 1878, two women who WOULD NOT get back in the kitchen. I love equality and activists. It just took about 40 years for the Federal Government to recognize it.
On a state level, many of the new states in the West let women vote in all elections. It was Limited to None in the eastern US. After the ratification of the Constitution, the Founders let states decide, as the states were sovereign at one time. Now a lot of them are like whiny dependents.
Remember that just societies have a check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!
Another essay to follow on the Twentieth Amendment. Stay tuned for it next week.