Women are from their very infancy debarred those advantages, with the want of which they are afterwards reproached, and nursed up in those vices which will hereafter be upbraided to them. So partial are men as to expect brick where they afford no straw.
1694 A Serious Proposal to the Ladies For the Advancement of their True and Greatest Interest,'By a Lover of Her Sex', pt.1.
Your glass will not do you half so much service as a serious reflection of your own minds.Mary Astell1694 A Serious Proposal to the Ladies For the Advancement of their True and Greatest Interest,'By a Lover of Her Sex', pt.1.
Fetters of gold are still fetters, and the softest lining can never make them so easy as liberty.Mary Astell1696 An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex.
If absolute sovereignty be not necessary in a State, how comes it to be so in a family?Mary Astell1706 Some Reflections upon MarriageOccasion'd by the Duke and Duchess of Mazarine's Case which is also consider'd, preface (1706 edn).
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