It doesn’t take a biologist or a psychologist to tell us that men and women are not exactly the same. Men and women think in different ways, have different needs, and communicate with important differences. Yes, whenever someone makes a generalization, there are always exceptions, but that doesn’t make the generalization any less true.
So it should come as no surprise that women having a right to vote has changed the outcome of many votes and has redefined what issues are in the public mind.
Full women’s suffrage came to the United States in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. Fifty years later, California set the trend that soon all states would follow with the creation of no-fault divorce. There is no reason to believe that the women’s vote changed the result of that vote, but the impact of no-fault divorce would be felt the nation through ever since.
With no-fault divorce came sky-rocketing divorce rates, with now almost 40% of marriages ending in divorce. For a wife and mother, the fear of divorce is the fear of insecurity. In times past, relationships that could be counted on until death could no longer be depended on. This has not only scarred the psyche of married women, but all women — they now inhabit an insecure world where the most important relationships are no longer dependable.
With the threat of poverty, loss of medical insurance & housing, along with the image of despair from the single mother, barely making it, driving women to seek security, they found it in the next reasonable place: Outside the family, within the government.
From the time of no-fault divorce, social spending has skyrocketed. Welfare grew, our governments have spent more on public housing, many localities have started all-day preschool at age 3 or younger, prisons are full of adult children raised in broken single-parent families, and now universal healthcare is the law of the land. Our nation is being crushed under a burden of debt — debt that could have been prevented if marriage was secure, if families had to work through tough times instead of one partner taking the “easy way” out, if women knew “I do was” a life decision, not a fad.
Imagine a world where divorce is illegal, legal separation restricted to abusive situations, and spousal neglect/abandonment is rewarded with severe legal punishment. Women wouldn’t feel the need for all the social spending and they wouldn’t vote for it. Taxes could be lowered, debt eliminated, business would grow, and families prosper. Isn’t this the America we all want?