Friday, December 03, 2010

David Montgomery writes that as more people got the vote, a greater percentage of the population, in Europe and the United States in the 19th century, the power of the government to control business decreased.

That is the people caqn vote on some things, but not on how money is made.

This was somewhat less true, Montgomery writes, in France, which had almost one hundred per cent of men voting before other countries did.

France has contained business to leave people with time to have a life more than many countries.

In a book about women scientists, a American woman scientist said that the time when working as a scientist wasn't strssful and tearing her in two directions was when she worked for a while in France. No monomania required, unlike in the US. Everyone's life was structured for them to have time to haqve a life. So a women scientist would spend time with her family without seeming like a lazy wimp.

--information from "Citizen Worker: The Experience of Workers in the United States with Democracy and the Free Market During the Nineteenth Century" by Davic Montgomery

The name of the book about women scientists to come, I hope.

I should add that women in France didn't get the voted until after World War II, mid twentieth century. UK and US women got the vote, after long struggle, after World War I. You've got the mvoe hard during the crises times when many things are changing, or everything settles down to the same old, same old.