Edith Wilson handled her husband Woodrow Wilson's presidential business, heavily so, after his stroke until the end of his term. As
This has garnered her a legacy of being the "first" female president. Heedless of how many may describe her role as First Lady, she was no doubt involved extensively and profoundly impacting the federal government's decisions by proxy.
However, one leapfrog chain of logic I have seen floated around on the Internet, regardless of if it's a serious or not is this:
- In 1919, the president has a stroke.
- His wife, a female, influences what political matters he has access to.
- In 1920, the 19th amendment is passed, granting women the right to vote.
Of course, the president alone cannot pass a constitutional amendment. But, most certainly, they can influence Congress and the state legislatures through their party and backroom political deals and compromises. As Woodrow's effective executor, Edith at least had a role in the whole process, irrespective of historical circumstances.
Thus, the question comes about: To what extent, if any, did Edith Wilson have in influencing the passage of the 19th Amendment?
Searching through Google doesn't yield much beyond stating Woodrow Wilson's advocation for the change, but Edith's relation to him in his support for it appears unstated. Any surviving documentation may be a miracle on its own.