Woman in the Nineteenth Century: And Kindred Papers Relating to the Sphere, Condition and Duties of Woman

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Brown, Taggard and Chase, 1860 - 428 páginas
"The problem of Woman's position, or "sphere, "--Of her duties, responsibilities, rights and immunities as Woman, --fitly attracts a large and still-increasing measure of attention from the thinkers and agitators of our time. The writer of the following pages was one of the earliest as well as ablest among American women, to demand for her sex equality before the law. Her writings on this subject have the force which springs from the ripening of profound reflection into assured conviction. She wrote as one who had observed, and who deeply felt what she deliberately uttered. It is due to her memory, as well as to the great and living cause of which she was so eminent and so fearless an advocate, that what she thought and said with regard to the position of her sex and its limitations, should be fully and fairly placed before the public"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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