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Lillie Devereux Blake
“Just so long as all our literature is pervaded with the thought that women are inferior, so long will our sex be held in a low estimate.”
“I have seen that women are shut out from every means of earning a living that is really remunerative, crowded into certain narrow walks, which, in consequence, are so thronged that the poor creatures are forced to work for the merest pittance.”
“... the most grievous wrong of that day ... was to be found in the establishment of the celibacy of the clergy. ... This hideous doctrine of a celibate priesthood was maintained only by a constant struggle against the better and truer instincts of the heart.”
“We are tired of the pretense that we have special privileges and the reality that we have none; of the fiction that we are queens, and the fact that we are subjects.”
Lillie Devereux Blake, U.S. suffragist, reformer, writer
(1833 - 1913)