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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.

    • Matilda Joslyn Gage,
    • speech ()
  • 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.

    • Matilda Joslyn Gage,
    • in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eighty Years and More ()
  • 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

Matilda Joslyn Gage, U.S. writer, women's rights worker

(1826 - 1898)