He also believes mothers shape America’s social norms, more commonly known as “mores.” During his time spent in America he also observed a great deal of men and women’s interaction, duties and overall thoughts. “America, among the world’s countries, is the one where they have taken the most continual care to draw cleanly separated lines of action for the two sexes, and where they have wanted them both to march at an equal pace but on ever different paths.” (Page 574) Men have executed more labor intensive and business-minded jobs throughout the course of history in America. On the other hand, women have often been portrayed and seen as homemakers and in charge of domestic duties. This supports Tocqueville’s observation of “cleanly separated lines of action” and “different paths,” but it does not address the notion of “equal pace” and overall gender equality.
Throughout history, starting from the time when Tocqueville visited through today’s modern America, duties and expectations stayed fairly separate. Inequality among men and women was seen most through matters such as voting, education and salary. Women’s suffrage efforts began about a decade after Tocqueville visited America, but even so, women did not obtain the right to vote until 1920. It is interesting to note that, although women were deemed as equal, they could not fully participate in America’s democracy for roughly 145