- These were the days where everyone was homeschooling– before the days of the one-room school house.
- Education was not universal, with boys tending to get more time learning the subjects that everyone gets taught today, and girls learning how to keep and tend to the house.
- The colleges of the time all had teaching Christianity as part of their charters and goals.
- Some states still had established religions for the state itself.
- Slavery was an ordinary and accepted part of life.
- The only people who could vote were land holders that were men.
It is in this framework that we find our Constitution written. I’ve done a quick Internet search on Women in the Federalist papers and found nothing. In fact, the only person to comment on the two together stated that women had limited civil rights until 1920– they were second class citizens.
With this opinion of women in the Founders, what do you think they would think about a Chief Executive that was a woman? I would suggest that they would not think highly of the idea. For a number of reasons:
- Patriarchal Society
- Not Land Owners
- Not Their Role
A lot of these are no longer the case in our culture– and that, I believe, is why if you ask most people they see no issue with a woman being President. In fact, there may not be any problem. However, I believe that, if the goal is to look what the Founders thought, I believe that they would not consider having a woman President.
They came from an entirely different era, with an entirely different view of Government than we have today.