ELECTING MORE women “for the sake of democracy” as Swanee Hunt argues (Op-ed, Jan. 2 ), ignores the fact that women have historically favored the candidates and government programs that improve their “safety net.” Several years ago, John R. Lott Jr. and Lawrence W. Kenny, published a paper, “Did Women’s Suffrage Change the Size and Scope of Government?”
One chart shows the per capita state expenditures rising dramatically after women were allowed to vote in different states.
The authors conclude that giving women the right to vote dramatically changed American politics from the very beginning. Suffrage coincided with immediate dramatic increases in state government expenditures and revenue, and these effects continued growing as more women took advantage of the franchise.
Similar changes occurred at the federal level as female suffrage led to more liberal voting records for congressional delegations.