The First Essay on the Political Rights of Women

[Sur l’admission es femmes au droit de Cité]

Language: English
Wordcount: 5,139 / 22 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.7
LoC Category: HM
Downloads: 519
Added to site: 2010.03.08
mnybks.net#: 26909
Origin: gutenberg.org
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the richer classes, we nowhere see women giving themselves up so persistently to domestic affairs that we should fear to distract their attention; and a really serious occupation or interest would take them less away than the frivolous pleasures to which idleness, a want of object in life, and an inferior education have condemned them.

The principal source of this fear is the idea that every person admitted to exercise the rights of citizenship immediately aspires to govern others. This may be true to a certain extent, at a time when the constitution is being established, but the feeling can scarcely prove durable. And so it is scarcely necessary to believe that because women may become members of national assemblies, they would immediately abandon their children, their homes, and their needles. They would only be the better fitted to educate their children and to rear men. It is natural that a woman should suckle her infant; that she should watch over its early childhood. Detained in her home by these

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