This is why I love T.R.
“Much can be done by law towards putting women on a footing of complete and entire equal rights with man – including the right to vote, the right to hold and use property, and the right to enter any profession she desires on the same terms as the man…Women should have free access to every field of labor which they care to enter, and when their work is as valuable as that of a man it should be paid as highly.” – An Autobiography, 1913.
This was 97 years ago. Before the 19th Amendment, before the pill, before Betty Friedan. There’s a reason the man was called a Progressive.
Did you know he also wrote his B.A. thesis on women’s rights? Awesome.