I am surprised I have not come across this story before. Here are the interesting parts:
The chivalry displayed on the Titanic, which proved to many people that women didn’t need the vote, demonstrated precisely the opposite to suffragists. From their perspective, it was women who were best equipped to enact the self-sacrificing behavior that surfaced in men only in extraordinary circumstances. “There was no need that a single life should have been lost upon the Titanic,” Alice Stone Blackwell wrote. “There will be far fewer lost by preventable accidents, either on land or sea, when the mothers of men have the right to vote.” Women, in other words, would have made sure there was legislation requiring enough lifeboats to save everyone on board.
Here we go again with the superiority claim. Women, with their amazing foresight would have planned better. This all stems from the belief that women would purify and soften politics. I have not received a good answer yet, or any answer, as to why politics is no better today (more likely worse) now that women are voting?
In a letter to the editor of the Baltimore Sun, a writer who identified herself only as “A Woman” pointed out that letting women and children into the lifeboats wasn’t especially chivalrous. It was the least the men could have done, since the sinking was their fault. “After all, the women on the boat were not responsible for the disaster,” and it would have been “gross injustice to decree that the women, who have no voice in making and enforcing law on land or sea, should be left aboard a sinking ship, victims of man’s cupidity.”
I suppose that is one good thing about women voting today is they are forced to own it. When the country collapses, can’t blame it on the men.