Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 16, February, 1859

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1859
Language: English
Wordcount: 85,852 / 255 pg
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le and the Peripatetics, woman was _animal occasionatum_, as if a sort of monster and accidental production. Mediaeval councils, charitably asserting her claims to the rank of humanity, still pronounced her unfit for instruction. In the Hindoo dramas, she did not even speak the same language with her master, but used the dialect of slaves. When, in the sixteenth century, Françoise de Saintonges wished to establish girls' schools in France, she was hooted in the streets, and her father called together four doctors, learned in the law, to decide whether she was not possessed by demons, to think of educating women,--_pour s'assurer qu'instraire des femmes n'était pas un oeuvre du démon_.

It was the same with political rights. The foundation of the Salic Law was not any sentimental anxiety to guard female delicacy and domesticity; it was, as stated by Froissart, a blunt, hearty contempt: "The kingdom of France being too noble to be ruled by a woman." And the same principle was reaffirmed for our own institutio

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