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4,680. Can man be free if woman be a slave?
Chain one who lives, and breathes this boundless air
To the corruption of a closed grave?
Can they whose mates are beasts condemned to bear
Scorn heavier far than toil or anguish dare
To trample their oppressors? In their home,
Among their babes, thou knowst a curse would wear
The shape of woman – hoary crime would come
Behind and Fraud rebuild Religion’s tottering dome. (Woman & Slave & Oppression & Discrimination & Sexism) Percy Bysshe Shelley
4,675. Are simple women only fit
To dress, to darn, to flower, or knit,
To mind the distaff, or the spit?
Why are the needle and the pen
Thought incompatible by men? (Women & Sexism) Esther Lewis, A Mirror for Detractors 1754
4,767. From the first dawn of life unto the grave,
Poor womankind’s in every state a slave. (Woman & Slave & Sexism) Sarah Egerton 1670-1723, The Emulation
4,768. We will our rights in learning’s a world maintain;
Wit’s empire now shall know a female reign. (Woman & Sexism) ibid.
4,693. Seek to be good, but aim not to be great;
A woman’s noblest station is retreat. (Women & Sexism) George Lyttelton, Advice to a Lady 1773
4,671. The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman. (Woman & Feminism & Suffragettes & Man & Sexism) Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Falls Convention July 1848
4,672. The Bible teaches that woman brought sin and death into the world, that she precipitated the fall of the race ... marriage for her was to be a condition of bondage, maternity a period of suffering and anguish, and in silence and subjection, she was to play the role of a dependent on man’s bounty for all her material wants. (Woman & Feminism & Suffragettes & Bible & Sexism) Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American Suffragist
4,673. Woman’s degradation is in man's idea of his sexual rights. Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man. (Woman & Feminism & Suffragettes & Discrimination & Sexism) Elizabeth Cady Stanton
4,751. The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation. (Woman & Feminism & Suffragettes & Bible & Religion) Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Free Thought Magazine 1896
4,681. Womanstock is rising in the market. I shall not live to see women vote, but I’ll come and rap at the ballot box. (Woman & Suffragettes & Discrimination & Sexism) Lydia Maria Child 1802-80, American abolitionist and suffragist
4,741. We were basing our request for the vote on inequalities and injustices and lack of opportunity. (Woman & Feminism & Suffragettes & Discrimination & Injustice & Sexism) Dame Margery Corbett Ashby, interview BBC 1972
4,893. Why is a woman to be treated differently? Woman suffrage will succeed, despite this miserable guerrilla opposition. (Suffragettes & Woman & Discrimination & Sexism) Victoria Claflin Woodhull
4,900. We are here to claim our right as women, not only to be free, but to fight for freedom. That it is our right as well as our duty. (Suffragettes & Freedom & Discrimination & Sexism) Christabel Pankhurst
4,901. And women still weren’t allowed to vote. On the morning of 13th October 1905 Christabel Pankhurst was still respectable. She was a well-dressed middle-class law student. But she was on her way to break just about every taboo she could think of. She was walking along here with her new friend Annie Kenney – a working-class mill-girl known as the Blue-Eyed Beggar. But what they were planning was truly shocking. Because they were on their way to a huge political meeting in Manchester’s Free Trade Hall. And they were determined at all costs to be arrested. The meeting was a Liberal rally attended by the MPs Sir Edward Gray and Winston Churchill. Christabel and Annie jumped up onto their seats and shouted, ‘Will the Liberals give women the vote?’ They refused to answer. So the women unfurled a banner emblazoned with the words, Votes for Women! (Suffragettes & Vote & Discrimination & Sexism) Andrew Marr’s Making of Modern Britain
2,316. I love man as my fellow; but his sceptre, real, or usurped, extends not to me, unless the reason of an individual demands my homage; and even then the submission is to reason, and not to man. (Reason & Man & Women & Feminism & Discrimination & Sexism) Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women
4,637. I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves. (Woman & Power & Feminism & Discrimination & Sexism) ibid.
4,638. Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison. (Woman & Beauty & Prison & Feminism & Discrimination & Sexism) ibid.
4,639. The pure animal spirits which make both mind and body shoot out, and unfold the tender blossoms of hope, are turned sour and vented in vain wishes, or pert repinings, that contract the faculties and spoil the temper; else they mount to the brain, and sharpening the understanding before it gains proportional strength, produce that pitiful cunning which disgracefully characterises the female mind and I fear will characterise it whilst women remain the slaves of power. (Woman & Feminism & Discrimination & Sexism) ibid.
4,640. A slavish bondage to parents cramps every faculty of the mind. (Woman & Parents & Discrimination & Sexism) ibid.
4,641. From the tyranny of man, I firmly believe, the greater number of female follies proceed. (Woman & Man & Tyranny & Feminism & Discrimination & Sexism) ibid.
70,257. I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists. I wish to persuade women to endeavour to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings are only the objects of pity, and that kind of love which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt. (Dignity & Woman & Weakness & Strength & Sexism) ibid.
71,267. Women have seldom sufficient employment to silence their feelings; a round of little cares, or vain pursuits frittering away all strength of mind and organs, they become naturally only objects of sense. (Employment & Women & Sexism) ibid.
73,074. My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone. (Flattery & Rational & Women & Sexism) ibid.
90,268. Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority. (Superiority & Women & Sexism) Mary Wollstonecraft
4,642. Was not the world a vast prison, and women born slaves? (Woman & Prison & Slavery & Feminism & Sexism) Mary Wollstonecraft, ‘The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria’ 1798
4,981. If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test. (Right & Women & Human Rights & Sexism) Mary Wollstonecraft
4,759. Join the Union, girls, and together say, Equal Pay for Equal Work! (Woman & Trade Union & Pay & Work & Suffragettes & Solidarity & Equality & Sexism) Susan B Anthony 1820-1906
4,904. The fact is, women are in chains, and their servitude is all the more debasing because they do not realize it. (Suffragettes & Feminism & Women & Slavery & Discrimination & Sexism) Susan B Anthony
50,225. In reaction against the age-old slogan ‘woman is the weaker vessel’, or the still more offensive ‘woman is a divine creature’ we have, I think, allowed ourselves to drift into asserting that ‘a woman is as good as a man’, without always pausing to think what exactly we mean by that. What, I feel, we ought to mean is something so obvious that it is apt to escape attention altogether, viz ... that a woman is just as much an ordinary human being as a man, with the same individual preferences, and with just as much right to the tastes and preferences of an individual. What is repugnant to every human being is to be reckoned always as a member of a class and not as an individual person. (Discrimination & Women & Individual & Sexism) Dorothy L Sayers, Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society
4,911. It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot. Nobody knows how many rebellions besides political rebellions ferment in the masses of life which people earth. Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, to absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex. (Feminism & Women & Action & Sexism) Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre