June 29 2011
Politics in the early days of our republic was much as it is today. It was often dirty and dishonest; it was a place for ambitious self-promotion. But whereas today some of our most electric politicians are women - Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi - our infant nation's rigid gender roles held little tolerance for women who might wish to sully themselves in the public arena. For women - the intelligent and ambitious especially - their sphere of political influence was understood to reside within the home.