By Suzanne MacNevin - December 2012. "If every woman in the world carried a secret bottle of pepperspray on her there would be a lot less rapes." - Suzanne MacNevin I have a hunch that between 1890 and 1910 the number of rapes dropped a bit in various Western countries due to women wearing hats that required hatpins. The reason? Because in a pinch the hatpin could be substituted as a self-defense weapon.
A remarkable number of women achieved success in today's primary elections. But what do their victories suggest about the current status of women in U.S. politics, and elsewhere, at this time? I think there are several possible answers, any, all, or none of which may be true. First, the predominance of women might just be the result of a series of coincidences. Each of the candidates won for a different reason.