“If I were asked . . . to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of that people [the Americans] ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply: To the superiority of their women.”

Apparently de Tocqueville was a more perceptive man in 1835, when America was still a new democracy, than many men are today, 183 years later. Or, maybe, he just had a firmer grip on his ego. Or maybe, both.