I am, for “reasons”, doing a bit of re-reading of Tiptree, and of the Sheldon biography. I came across this:
Women have no rights, Don, except what men allow us. Men are more aggressive and powerful, and they run the world. When the next real crisis upsets them, our so-called rights will vanish — like that smoke. We’ll be back where we always were: property. And whatever has gone wrong will be blamed on our freedom, like the fall of Rome was. You’ll see.
That was Ruth Parsons, towards the end of “The Women Men Don’t See”.