I don't believe that Ed Barrow (above) was capable of playing the idiot. Now that the 1920 baseball season was over, the Boston manager made it clear to Red Sox owner Harry Frazee that he wanted out. Frazee, who may have been a fool, was not a mean man. He agreed to give Barrow his freedom, knowing that New York would snatch him up. And on October 29, 1920 Ed Barrow became the General Manager for the New York Yankees.
So, despite the predictions and the hopes of a social revolution, female suffrage changed almost nothing in American politics. In Beverly, a Boston suburb with 22,500 inhabitants, only 47% of eligible women actually voted. Even more depressing was that in the reality, women voted like men, and less by 3 to 2; “every known instance of available data in the United States has revealed a lower rate of turnout or registration among women as compared to men…the difference between male and female turnout is in the neighborhood of 20 percentage points…”
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