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The Hurons Gave Women Voting Rights
Long Before American Males Did

The government of the Huron tribe was vested by ancient tradition in a definite number of chiefs. The chiefs were chosen by the votes of the child-bearing women, and they were organized by law, or council decree, into councils for legislative and judicial purposes. (This was all in place at least 400 years ago, and probably much longer ago than that.)

Among the laws which the Huron tribes enforced were the right of ownership and inheritance of property; of liberty and security of person; the right to personal and family names; the rights of marriage; the right to personal adornment; the rights of hunting and fishing in specified territory; of precedence in migration, in encampment, and in the council room; the rights of religion and the blood feud. All of these rights, of course, according to Huron decree were for members of the tribe only. Aliens, including whites and members of other tribes, had no rights whatever.

Sounds as organized and as "civilized" as the white invaders of the time, if not more so. To bad white males did not take some lessons from the Hurons. Women might have gotten the vote some 240 years ago instead of just 90.

But you might be tempted to say "but the Hurons had blood feuds". The white invaders had just as bad. White males legally dueled and killed each other over insults and women, the winner getting the woman (there's that women are property thing again). The difference between "blood feuds" and "dueling" is semantics, not principles.

The Greeks had democracy 2,500 years ago, but only for males. It only took most males another 2,400 years to recognize the rights of women to vote. Keeping women subservient is obviously still a major male goal in America (how else could one explain a 21% lower income disparity), and in many other nations, especially in the Middle East and in India. Only a few Scandinavian nations in northern Europe have actually achieved a 98% equality between the sexes.

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The Hurons Gave Women Voting Rights
Long Before American Males Did