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Matilda Joslyn Gage
“It has not been without bitter resistance by the clergy that woman's property and educational rights have advanced. Woman's anti-slavery work, her temperance work, her demand for personal rights, for political equality, for religious freedom and every step of kindred character has met with opposition from the church as a body and from the clergy as exponents of its views.”
“Woman is learning for herself that not self-sacrifice, but self development, is her first duty in life; and this, not primarily for the sake of others but that she may become fully herself.”
“Both church and state claiming to be of divine origin have assumed divine right of man over woman; while church and state have thought for man, man has assumed the right to think for woman.”
“The most stupendous system of organized robbery known has been that of the church towards woman, a robbery that has not only taken her self-respect but all rights of person; the fruits of her own industry; her opportunities of education; the exercise of her judgment, her own conscience, her own will.”
“There is a word sweeter than Mother, Home, or Heaven — that word is Liberty.”
“The soul must support its own supremacy or die.”
“It is sometimes better to be a dead man than a live woman.”
Matilda Joslyn Gage, U.S. writer, women's rights worker
(1826 - 1898)