Yes, universal people usually meant men. Women were not allowed to vote in most of Europe until after the first world war (with certain exceptions as New Zealand and Finland who where in the elite of giving women the right to vote).
Well, some women were brainwashed to think the society was the way it was because it was God's will. Most people thought that way anyway, only a few clever ones fought against that common perception. But better late than never! : ) Glad you like the comic ^^