Theodore Roosevelt’s 1880 undergraduate thesis at Harvard was titled: “The Practicability of Equalizing Men and Women before the Law” which argued for women’s rights, including property ownership, and argued that women ought to keep their birth names upon marrying.

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12 thoughts on “Theodore Roosevelt’s 1880 undergraduate thesis at Harvard was titled: “The Practicability of Equalizing Men and Women before the Law” which argued for women’s rights, including property ownership, and argued that women ought to keep their birth names upon marrying.”

  1. paka1999

    My Great Grandmother had property that she inherited. She sold it. The deal was declared invalid because she was married at the time. I understand she got the money returned to her and kept the land. This was in 1910s or 1920s.

  2. longerexposures

    This is the kind of stuff a guy with a big stick says/does.

  3. BlondeLocks

    As far as I know TR loved his mother very much and it’s my opinion that a strong maternal upbringing enforces an empathetic view of women’s rights

  4. theblankpages

    The OG President Roosevelt was quite a character and something like this does not surprise me. Awesome to read tonight.

  5. Shroedingerzdog

    I wish we had a bull moose party

  6. SidHoffman

    The Progressives started out as a wing of the Republican Party.

  7. kmoonster

    Between this and his environmental record, I am always amazed when the current iteration of the Republican party points to him as precedent for whatever nonsense they are trying to hide behind the name of the party.

  8. CompleX999

    “I want men and women on equal footing, so I can fight all of them.”

    ~ Teddy probably

  9. MetaFlight

    People are now gonna go through Teddy Roosevelts’s imperialism in this thread like scientific racism wasn’t the standard feminist line until like the holocaust. Early suffragettes were vehemently anti-immigrant, which combined with being in favor of prohibition helped fuel the rise of the second kkk in all it’s racist and anti-catholic “glory”.

  10. drygnfyre

    I don’t know what the law was in 1880, but nowadays there is no legal requirement for either spouse to change their surname, and their children can also have any surname desired.

  11. uncertein_heritage

    When people get married, their surnames should be combined to form a new surname. No not just putting a – between them. Something like Smaker a combination of Smith and Baker for example.

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