Historians have long puzzled over the fact that women won the vote first in the West. Why? Some said plainly that the West was simply more democratic than the East. Others have said that Western men valued women's hard work in settling the territories, and gave them the vote as a reward. Still others have argued that small populations and informal political structures gave women and their allies more access to political power. And some have said that the whole question is simply to complex to answer until more research is done.