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Anna Garlin Spencer

  • It is an old error of man to forget to put quotation marks where he borrows from a woman's brain!

  • And when her biographer says of an Italian woman poet, 'during some years her Muse was intermitted,' we do not wonder at the fact when he casually mentions her ten children.

  • It is not alone the fact that women have generally had to spend most of their strength in caring for others that has handicapped them in individual effort; but also that they have almost universally had to care wholly for themselves.

  • A successful woman preacher was once asked 'what special obstacles have you met as a woman in the ministry?' 'Not one,' she answered, 'except the lack of a minister's wife.'

  • No book has yet been written in praise of a woman who let her husband and children starve or suffer while she invented even the most useful things, or wrote books, or expressed herself in art, or evolved philosophic systems.

Anna Garlin Spencer, U.S. minister, journalist, pacifist, philanthropist

(1851 - 1931)

Anna Carpenter Garlin Spencer.