Magazine July 9, 2018, Issue

Suffragette City

Elaine Weiss
The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, by Elaine Weiss (Viking, 416 pp., $28)

Is the Constitution finished? By “finished” I mean “complete,” not “ready for the trash heap” (though more than a few progressives seem to think of it that way). There hasn’t been a serious attempt at passing an amendment in over 40 years (excepting the anomalous 27th, proposed in 1789 and finally ratified in 1992), and none of the amendments that activists like to propose — balanced budget, Electoral College reform, reversing Citizens United, prohibiting abortion, reviving the 1970s Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), repealing the Second Amendment — have any plausible path to ratification. Nowadays when people propose a social reform

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