When we think of women’s voting history, we tend to align our thoughts with huge moments in women’s rights history that affected the way women went to the polls.
Women were granted the right to vote in 1920. They helped in the war effort during the Second World War, and waited for the husbands and sons they sent off to come home from Vietnam. Feminists marched in the 1970s on the 50th anniversary of being granted suffrage, and many rejoiced at the 1973 announcement of the Roe v. Wade decision. But in the '80s, President Reagan vowed to overturn that decision, and voting patterns shifted further.
Today women turn out to vote in higher percentages than men, and they also vote disproportionately for the Democratic ticket.
But what if it wasn't women who changed the way they went to the polls, but men? This election may in fact mark the first time that women’s issues sway the average American voter in who she chooses for president.
Virginia Saprio is Boston University’s dean of arts and science and a former professor in political science and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin — Madison.