“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Takes Decades

“[T]he 1848 Seneca Falls Convention in New York is traditionally held as the start of the American women’s rights movement.” … “The Nineteenth Amendment … to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920.” [72 years after the start] (Courtesy © Wikipedia)