(I am happy to take the point, even if it does feel like we’re clutching at straws a bit.)•••Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign led to fresh attention to a related landmark moment in US history: the ratification of the 19th Amendment, in 1920, which granted women the right to vote. Election Day saw a steady flow of pilgrims to the gravesite of suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony. Observers have noted that the white pant suits Clinton wore at key moments in the campaign evoke the white dresses worn by suffrage activists.[…] It’s difficult for many people to imagine the mindset in which it seemed natural and obvious for women to be excluded from politics.But suffrage for women represented a challenge to centuries of established political thought. The central justification was the conviction that women are by their very nature unfit for political life. The political realm was inherently masculine, while the private realm of home and family was the women’s place. The ideal of separate spheres has shown remarkable endurance. As late as 1961, the United States Supreme Court maintained in Hoyt v. Florida that states could reasonably exclude women from jury duty because women were “the center of home and family life” and this obligation should not be neglected.Nobody had more respect for women than the anti-suffragists. Sound familiar?Indeed, what was once subtext became text in 2016. What better evidence that we equate political power with masculinity than a political candidate literally defending the size of his manhood on national television? How better to express that politics is fundamentally the purview of men than to claim the female candidate doesn’t have “a presidential look?”Just as anti-suffragists emphasized their opposition was grounded in their deep esteem for women, Donald Trump assured voters, “Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Nobody.” Yet, once a woman debases herself by entering politics, she becomes a “nasty woman” deserving of humiliation and defamation. Anyone looking for contemporary evidence that a woman who dares enter politics has relinquished any right to respect, much less chivalry, need only peruse the slogans on many T-shirts, buttons, and bumper stickers found at Trump eventsThe feminist triumph of Clinton's run - @voxdotcom