In thinking about the resistance to women in the political arena in America, I think about the historical resistance to woman suffrage. In their book Woman Suffrage and Politics. published in 1926, six years after ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and suffragist Nettie Rogers Shuler asked the question “Why the delay?” Here is their answer:
“It was, not an antagonistic public sentiment, nor yet an uneducated or indifferent public sentiment – it was the control of public sentiment, the deflecting and the thwarting of public sentiment, through the trickery, the buying and the selling of American politics.”
What do you think?