As Susan B. Anthony (SBA) saw the situation, “Women’s subsistence is in the hands of men, and most arbitrarily and unjustly does he exercise his consequent power.”
“A woman must sell herself for bread, either in or out of marriage," said Susan B. Anthony.
A man, on his word alone, could. . .
At the age of 28, SBA left teaching, moved back with her parents, and spent the remainder of her life working to “reform" society.
But the grand prize, votes for women, was still out of reach.
Wealthy white men could cheat! (See: )
🎶Those were the days🎶
It is often said that WWII spending got us out of the Great Depression. In fact, the New Deal steadily improved the economy through the late 1930s, but FDR could never enact all the. . .
The spending in WWII completed the recovery, but war spending alone cannot create a strong middle class, which we had for the first time after the War.
Legislation moved us out of dangerous levels of income inequality.
How conservative? They held the minimum wage unconstitutional on the grounds that it interfered with the freedom to enter contracts.
Because, well, 🎶those were the days🎶
Trump and pals are rolling us backward.
That means we’ll need lots of Susan B. Anthonys and a few FDRs to roll things forward again.
“Let me tell you about Andrew Jackson,” would be my response.
None of this, by the way, is intended to comfort anyone.
The future takes the shape it does because of what we do now.