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
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
I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves
Women ought to have representatives, instead of being arbitrarily governed without any direct share allowed them in the deliberations of government
If women be educated for dependence; that is, to act according to the will of another fallible being, and submit, right or wrong, to power, where are we to stop?
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)
SHE WROTE THIS IN 1792.
222 YEARS LATER WE’RE STILL ARGUING ABOUT IT.